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Alumnae News 

Sweet Briar College 

OCTOBER, 1936 




A Favorite Corner 


New Lithographs of Familiar Sweet Briar Scenes by Lester B. Miller 

Size — 19x2J (Including mat) 
Price — Single Prints $3.00— The Pair $5.00 

On Sale — The Alumnae Office 

President Glass says; "Though I live in one and sec the other daily I cannot do without either." 

Miss Wilcox of the Art Department says: "These lithographs, delicately-handled but accurate, present 
the Sweet Briar that we love with the sentiment that no photograph can show" 




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OCTOBER, 1936 

Number 1 

Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridce, '18, Editor 


From the President 3 

From the Alumnae President 5 

The Fund Enters Its Fourth Year 6 

Class Acents 7 

To the Prominent Company of Sweet Briar Women 8 

Announcements 9 

Art at Sweet Briar 11 

The Procram of Speech Improvement at Sweet Briar 15 

Over the Secretary's Desk 16 

From the Athletic Department 18 

Class Personals 19 

members of the council 

Mrs. Herman Wells Coxe 
lElmyra Pennypacker, '20) 

3107 Que°n Lane 
Germantown, Pennsylvania 

Jeanette Boone, '27 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

-Mrs. Arthur B. Kline 

(Catherine Cordes, '21) 

4421 Schenley Farms Terrace 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. Georce F. Tinker 

(Virginia Lee Taylor, '26) 

49 Madison Avenue 

Montclair, New Jersey 

Geraldine Mallory, '33 

139 East Clinton Avenue 

Tenafly, New Jersey 

Margaret McVey, '18 
(Honorary Member) 
1417 Grove Avenue 
Richmond, Virginia 

Director of Alumnae Clubs 

Mary Macdonald, '30 

1503 Duncan Street 
Chattanooga. Tennessee 

the sweet briar alumnae 

Alumnae Member of the 

Board of Directors 
Mrs. Charles Burnett 

(Eugenia Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Members of the 

Board of Overseers 

Mrs. Kent Balls 

(Elizabeth Franke, '13) 

3406 Lowell Street, N. W. 
Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. William Williamson, Jr 

(Martha Lee, '25) 

518 Hermitage Road 

Charlotte, North Carolina 


Mrs. Frederick Valentine 

(Elizabeth Taylor, '23) 

5515 Cary Street Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

First Vice-President 

Mrs. Howard Luff 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

2215 Devonshire Drive 

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 

Second Vice-President 

Elizabeth Wall, '36 

1023 Electric Street 

Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Alumnae Secretary 

and Treasurer 
Vivienne Barkalow 

Breckenridce, '18 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairman Alumnae Fund 
Gertrude Prior, '29 

29 Fisher Place 
Trenton. New Jersey 



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October, 1936 

Alumnae News 

From The President 

September 24, 1936. 
Dear Alumnae: 

Your new session opens a bit later than 
that of the undergraduates, but the opening 
seems as inevitably marked by a "talk from 
the President," but with a difference. You 
want to know from me how things are here 
on the campus, and what I have done since 
we met in June that has any significance for 
college women in general, and especially 
for our fascinating task of fostering Sweet 

Well, things here on the campus indicate 
the beginning of a good year in a good col- 
lege. The weather is with us and we are 
looking our best. The department of Build- 
ings and Grounds has had the most difficult 
summer in years, because we were trying to 
catch up on some of our physical improve- 
ments that had been postponed to create the 
Student Emergency Fund of the last four 
years. This fund, you will recall, was an 
added effort to meet the financial needs of 
students through the bad years beyond what 
our scholarship funds could do. The bad 
years have turned better and the fund has 
been abolished this year. Other institu- 
tions all over the country seem to have re- 
turned to physical needs also, for materials 
and labor in our region have been in such 
demand that the accomplishment of our 
work seemed a real triumph. New tiled 
bath rooms, with increased equipment, have 
been installed in the four older residence 
halls. Fergus Reid and Carl Grammer halls 
have been repainted inside and out, and the 
floors have been refinished. The second 
deck of stacks has been put in the library; 
over-head wires have been put under- 
ground, and the road resurfaced from the 
gate nearly to Red Top. The Boxwood Inn 
has repainted dining and public rooms, with 
new furniture in the sun parlor. Every bit 
of it is giving great satisfaction. 

With summer plans for Sweet Briar well 
on their way toward accomplishment, on 
July 22nd I sailed for Poland as a delegate 
from the American Association of Univer- 
sity Women to the International Federation 
Conference in Krakow, and also as Council 

Member from the United States in place of 
Miss Woolley, who could not go. 

I landed in Hamburg on the morning that 
the Olympic Games were opening in Berlin 
and could get no accommodation to get 
through Berlin to Warsaw. Hamburg is a 
good city to be left in — gay, crisp, pros- 
perous looking, and the Vierjahrzeiten 
Hotel makes one very content. We were 
able to get a plane the next day, and flew 
to Warsaw, on a beautiful day, over Ger- 
many and northern Poland watching a fas- 
cinating pattern of forests, rivers, and 
multicolored cultivated fields which gave 
the effect of woolen weaving in fascinating 
colors and shades. 

I was lucky enough to have friends to 
travel with most of the time and we ex- 
plored Warsaw, rode in the droschkes, 
whose coachmen had their license numbers 
on metal plates on their backs hung from 
chains around their necks; saw richly deco- 
rated churches, the painted facades of the 
old market square, the palaces, and the 
daily life of this modern city that at the 
same time speaks always of its past and re- 
minds one that Russia is at hand, and the 
influence of her long domination not alto- 
gether faded from new Poland. 

The Polish air service has the enviable 
record of never having had an accident in 
commercial flying, and by a government 
subsidy the fares can be kept as low as 
second class rail travel. We flew again to 
Krakow, smoothly and delightfully. 

Krakow is the heart of historic Poland, 
with evidence of the long story of over one 
thousand years of history in addition to the 
prehistoric mound of Krak, visible on its 
horizon. In the 10th century the Wawel 
began to take its place in Polish history. 
Especially in the 14th and 16th centuries 
architecture flourished and some of the 
greatest monuments took their present form. 
The architecture is Gothic, brick, like and 
unlike anything else in Europe. It is a 
friendly city — when I had spent less than 
three weeks in it I began to own my favorite 
corners. I saw it and the beautiful Tatra 
region with the ride down the Dunajec 

Sweet Briar College 

October. 1936 

poled by gaily dressed peasants, shooting 
the rapids in boats hollowed from tree 
trunks. I had a week in Prague where 
historic buildings and monument paral- 
leled and contrasted with those of Poland, 
before the I. F. U. W. Conference began. 

The Conference was held in the Univer- 
sity of Krakow, a living university since 
1364, and the Conference picture was taken 
in the beautiful court of the Jagellonian 
library dating from 1492. Some four hun- 
dred women from Poland, from all of the 
other countries of Europe except Germany, 
Italy and Russia, from South Africa, Brazil, 
New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, Canada, 
and the United States gathered for a five- 
day program of intellectual and interna- 
tional comradeship. The Council, which is 
the smaller executive body of the Federa- 
tion, met for three days before the Confer- 
ence opened, long days of detail around a 
table, but days rich in intimate sharing of 
aspirations, limitations and accomplish- 
ments, from their very nature not so frank- 
ly emerging in the general sessions. These 
are difficult times for women brain workers 
and the internationally minded in Europe. 
The sound sense, the enthusiasm and devo- 
tion, the open mindedeness of this group of 
trained women w r as a heartening realization 
in the midst of difficulties, and there was 
not lacking evidence of their influence. 

As always in such a gathering, the per- 
sonal contacts were most interesting. It 
was not only pleasant for the time but left 
a feeling of permanent gain in outlook and 
understanding. To breakfast with Holland 
— we called each other so often by the 
names of our countries — walk the line of 
the old fortifications with Finland, to drive 
slowly in a droschke to the cheerful clop, 
clop of a horse with South Africa around 
the Wawel at midnight of a moonliaht 

night, to enjoy with Switzerland the proces- 
sion of priests and lay brothers in the do- 
minican Church when they marched from 
the cloisters to the Lady Chapel with lighted 
tapers chanting the Latin hymn that has 
been chanted in this service since the 12th 
century — these gave abiding backgrounds 
for international friendliness. 

I seem somehow to gravitate to work on 
finances, and I was made Convenor of the 
Standing Finance Committee of the Inter- 
national Federation of University Women. 
All foreign exchanges take on a new and 
immediate meaning for me. 

Then home-coming time arrived. Re- 
membering my pleasant experiences and 
also pressed for time, I again set out by 
plane for Hamburg and my same ship, The 
President Harding. I got just what was 
good for me to make my impressions of 
flying better balanced; a roughish trip to 
Warsaw, followed next morning by a dis- 
tinctly rough flight to Berlin and Hamburg, 
when my plane mates were ill too and a 
battered lot of us breathed a deep Gott sei 
dank, as we bumped to earth. The sea was 
in as peevish a mood as the air. The Presi- 
dent Harding pitched and quivered and 
people called themselves lazy when they 
stayed in bed two or three days. The first 
vivid sunshine shone upon New York har- 
bor and this brilliant, flashing, fortunate 
country of ours looked as new, as it looked 
alive to me, to be followed by the realiza- 
tion of the blessedness of life at Sweet 
Briar. Come yourself and take a draught. 

Faithfully yours, 

October, 1936 

Alumnae News 

From the Alumnae President 

Dear Alumnae: 

To represent you fills me with deep pride 
for the honor you have conferred on me, 
and at the same time, I earnestly hope that 
my efforts will prove of some service to you, 
who are such a large part of the Sweet Briar 
that is ours to love. 

The June magazine, in a sketch of Presi- 
dent Glass' decade of service to Sweet Briar 
strikes the key note of our college today. 
"It has gone forward steadily on the old 
lines and built more strongly and firmly on 
the old foundations. It has grown in repu- 
tation and prestige, in physical equipment 
and academic strength." 

For the Alumnae Association, under your 
past President and able Secretary, there has 
been a going forward on the old lines to a 
development worthy of note. We now have 
two of our members representing us on the 
Board of Overseers. And we can look with 
pride to 72 Clubs in this country and 13 in 
foreign countries. Our Clubs form the 
very backbone of our Association. Because 
of their continued annual contributions, we 
have maintained a self-supporting organi- 
zation. We are eager for the time to come 
when the energies and interests of the Clubs 
may be diverted from paying the bills 
to maintaining scholarships. Perhaps sev- 
eral Clubs working together could establish 
such a scholarship and from the Dean's list 
of candidates select their scholarship girl. 
Miss Mary Macdonald, of Chattanooga, 
known to a great many as "Little Mac," 
has been made Director of Alumnae Clubs. 
With her initiative spirit and the continued 
co-operation of our Clubs, we will head 
toward the ultimate goal of creating schol- 

The Fund, under the leadership of Miss 
Gertrude Prior, has increased — not only in 

dollars collected, but in the number of in- 
dividuals contributing. There is in this form 
of subscription not the old, cold form of 
paying dues, but rather a way to express 
your interest and gratitude to Sweet Briar 
each year with some gift, big or small. 

On campus, in the little Cabin that is 
Alumnae headquarters, work goes on weld- 
ing our Association together, and placing 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association in 
line with all other alumnae associations of 
accredited colleges. The work of our Sec- 
retary, Mrs. Vivienne Barkalow Brecken- 
ridge, has not only won appraise from 
every one of our members, but last year 
she was elected President of the American 
Alumni Council, placing her at the top of 
Alumni Secretaries, and thus we reflect in 
her glory. The College, realizing the extra 
amount of work this office entails, is giving 
us a full time secretary for this year to help 
Mrs. Breckenridge, for which we are indeed 

And so our goals are set and we are mov- 
ing forward. May I, in this my first mes- 
sage to you, say what is nearest my heart? 
Just this, that during each year at least one 
member from each Club visit campus, if 
only for an hour. Never fear that the 
charm of Sweet Briar that was particularly 
yours will fail you. Come back and remin- 
isce, see what is being done, listen to future 
plans, and then dream with Sweet Briar. 
Founders' Day is upon us, the woods will 
be glorious and the mountains will be tak- 
ing on deep purple tones. Come back to 
campus. Renew your contacts with Sweet 
Briar; feel her presence and let her feel 

Most faithfully yours, 
Elizabeth Taylor Valentine. 

Sweet Briar College 

October. 1936 

The Fund Enters Its Fourth Year 

By Martha von Briesen 

1 his month marks the beginning of the 
fourth year of the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Fund. Two of the first three years fell well 
within the borders of the depression, and 
the last, as evidenced by the slight increase 
in contributions, marks the turning of the 
long-heralded Corner. On all sides, eco- 
nomic conditions throughout the country 
have taken on a brighter aspect this year, 
and for that reason the Fund Committee is 
working with renewed hopes and vigor to 
make the 1936-37 Fund far surpass those of 
the past three years. Their efforts, and 
those of the class agents and sub-agents, 
will be directed at three aims: to increase 
the total number of contributors; to in- 
crease the number of contributions; and to 
increase substantially the total amount con- 
tributed. In view of the present outlook 
for the year, these aims should not be im- 
possible to accomplish. 

At its June meeting the Fund Committee, 
together with the agents and sub-agents 
who were present at commencement, dis- 
cussed many aspects of Fund work of the 
past years. Some spoke of the loyalty 
which they had encountered among alum- 
nae who could afford to give little, but gave 
that gladly. Others mentioned the stimu- 
lation they had received as their own con- 
ception of the Fund and its possibilities 
deepened. But all agreed that the Fund, 
in spite of the best efforts of those who 
have worked for it during the three years 
just past, is still a strange idea to a large 
percentage of the alumnae body. 

Letters received by the agents and by the 
alumnae secretary prove that some of you 
do not have a clear conception of the Fund, 
its aims, and why the plan was adopted. 
Perhaps some of you have read the litera- 
ture on the subject, which has been sent to 
you regularly, while your thoughts were 
too occupied with other matters. A good 
many of you probably never read it at all, 
either because you felt you could not afford 
to give anything or simply because you felt 
it was not worth your time. 

The Fund IS worth your time, and your 
earnest consideration as well! It is a plan 
which has met with success in most of the 
alumni bodies of colleges and universities, 
large and small, throughout the country. 
In place of annual dues usually intended 
to cover only the association's current ex- 
penses, or other financial requests for some 
specific purpose, the fund plan enables 
each graduate or non-graduate to give what- 
ever sum she wishes, as tangible evidence 
to her college of her support and loyalty. 
The sum given may vary from year to year 
. . . rarely is any of us able to give a large 
gift annually and rarely is any one of us 
not able to increase her gift some years . . . 
but any amount will be most welcome and 

How is the Fund money spent? Thus 
far, with the total amount of contributions 
remaining comparatively small, much of 
the proceeds was needed to help finance the 
running expenses of the self-supporting 
Alumnae Association. Your personal bene- 
fits from a contribution include the four 
yearly issues of the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
News, and the privilege of voting member- 
ship in the Association. The remaining 
sum becomes a gift to the college, its spe- 
cific designation being determined by the 
board of directors of the Association. This 
year, as during the past three, the gift is to 
be added to the scholarship fund. The in- 
creasing necessity for adequate scholarships 
to attract worthy students to Sweet Briar 
has made this seem the most useful method 
of turning the alumnae gifts to account. 

Each year since the adoption of the Fund 
plan, you have all, some 4,000 of you, re- 
ceived the October issue of the Alumnae 
News. But the Association cannot afford 
to send the other three issues to any but 
contributors to the Fund. Keeping up with 
news of your college friends, as well as with 
the development of the college itself, is a 
pleasure which can be yours only if you 
become a subscriber to the Fund promptly. 
If you are in a rather desperate financial 
plight right now, don't risk being omitted 
from the December mailing list of the 

October . 1936 

Alumnae News 

Alumnae News; send a small amount of 
money to the Cabin at once, together u ith 
your pledge for the remainder of your con- 
tribution, which is payable any time before 
May 1, 1937. Your promptness in respond- 
ing to this appeal will also help to cut the 
expense of additional Fund publicity, there- 
by making a greater part of each contribu- 
tion available for the scholarship fund. 

Sweet Briar's income, proudly free from 
controlling whims of politicians, is derived 
from student fees, income from a compara- 
tively small endowment, and scholarships 
from the Alumnae Association, Boxwood 
Inn and the Book Shop. Scholarships and 
funds for faculty salaries are among the 
most immediate needs of the college, if it 
is to maintain its present high standing 
among colleges for women in this country. 

The college welcomes each of you at com- 
mencement time, with open arms, literally, 
as often as you care to come back. \\ here 
else are former students, including non- 
graduates, given four days of bed and 
board entirely gratis, once a year? Like 
most other small, privately endowed col- 
leges, Sweet Briar looks, in return, for some 
measure of gratitude and support to the 
loyal and steady giving of the whole alum- 
nae body, believing that the alumna who 
gives steadily, however modestly, is the col- 
lege's greatest asset. In view of these facts 
you cannot fail to realize the importance of 
making your contribution to the Alumnae 
Fund an annual item in your budget. Sweet 
Briar needs help from each and every one 
of us, this year and every year. 

Class Agents, 1936-37 

Nan Powell Hodges— Mrs. William T.. 
1223 Westmoreland Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. 

To be announced. 

Hazel Gardner Lane, 394 Broadway, 
Chicopee Falls. Massachusetts. 

Elizabeth Franke Balls — Mrs. A. Kent, 
3406 Lowell Street. N. W., 
Washington, D. C. 

Ruth Maurice Gorrell — Mrs. E. S., 
360 East Westminster Road, 
Lake Forest, Illinois. 

Frances Pennypacker. 
1314 West 10th Street, 
Wilmington, Delaware. 

Louise Bennet Lord — Mrs. Albert C, 
71 Chestnut Street, 
Englewood, New Jersey. 

Henrietta Crump, 
1401 Hanover Avenue, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Margaret McVey. 1417 Grove Avenue, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Florence Freeman Fowler — Mrs. Gerard S., 
233 Summit Avenue, 
Mt. Vernon. New York. 

Elmyra Pennypacker Coxe — Mrs. H. W., 
3107 Queen Lane, 
Germantown, Pennsylvania. 

Katherine Cordes K'ine — Mrs. A. B., 
4421 Schenley Farms Terrace, 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Marion Walker Neidlinger — Mrs. Lloyd, 
41 College Street, 
Hanover, New Hampshire. 

Lorna Weber Dowling — Mrs. Robert, 
2983 Euclid Heights Boulevard, 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

Carolyn Flynn Eley — Mrs. R. Cannon, 
12 Glencoe Road, 
Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts. 

Ruth Taylor Franklin— Mrs. Donald C, 
221 Lytton Avenue, 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Edna Lee Wood — Mrs. John Clark, 
45 Gramercy Park, North, 
New York City, New York. 

Pauline Payne, 233 Kevin Place, 
Toledo, Ohio. 

Grace Sunderland Kane — Mrs. O'Neill Keven, 
U. S. M. A., 
West Point, New York. 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

To the Prominent Company of Sweet Briar Women 

Greetings : 

You are accustomed to getting open let- 
ters from the eminent Mrs. Wood and the 
eminent Mrs. Valentine. Now, by decres 
of Mrs. Breckenridge, you are about to get 
one from the not-so-eminent Miss Macdon- 
ald. She suggests that I expose my activi- 
ties as Director of Alumnae Clubs. She 
has even threatened to publish my picture, 
but I've talked her out of that. So false a 
move would certainly wreck the whole proj- 
ect as my face is, at best, uninspiring. 

My work is supposed to be the co-ordina- 
tion of the work of the Alumnae Clubs, so 
that they may profit by each other's experi- 
ences. Up to now, however, it has been 
chiefly the dissemination of propaganda on 
a large scale. The propaganda has to do 
with soap coupons and Sweet Briar Day, 
and the scale is nationwide, no less. 

In June I sent out forty-nine letters to 
various cities, asking for soap coupons. 
Now I can hardly look a coupon in the face. 

In September I wrote, concerning a va- 
riety of subjects, to all organized clubs and 

unorganized groups, some seventy letters 
in all. Since writing those letters I have 
been haunted by the fear that nobody will 
answer them. Now that I am a profession- 
al co-ordinator it is essential that you all 
write to me. Otherwise I shall have noth- 
ing to co-ordinate and shall be very much 

That's all I've done, so far, except to 
marvel at what the clubs do and the way 
they do it. The spirit that moves them and 
the results they get have made them the 
backbone of the Alumnae Association. 
We ought to have a lot more. 

I shall appreciate your co-operation in 
my strenuous efforts to live up to this ele- 
gant title. The clubs can co-operate by 
remembering that I want and need sugges- 
tions, and the rest of you, by becoming 
club women. 

Sincerely yours, 

Mary Macdonald. 

P. S. — Don't forget the soap coupon. 

The Sweet Briar Alumnae Club of New 
York plans to have their regular meeting 
this year on the first Tuesday of every 
month from October through May. Any 
alumna in the city at this time is cordially 
invited to attend. The meetings are being- 
held at the Women's University Club on 

East 52nd Street. Miss Susan Jelley, 14 
East 60th will be glad to advise you of the 
time of the meeting. 

The Sweet Briar Alumnae Club extends 
a similar invitation to any alumna on cam- 
pus the second Tuesday of each month 
which is the regular time for their meeting. 

Class Agents, 1936-37 

(Continued from 

Anna Torian, 

1802 North Talbott Avenue. 
Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Gwendolyn Olcott, 21 Fifth Avenue, 
Nyack, New York. 

Natalie Roberts, Nestle Brook Farm, 
Roanoke, Virginia. 

Ruth Kerr, 743 South George Street, 
York, Pennsylvania. 

Hetty Wells Finn— Mrs. Frederick W., 
No. 36-70 Haven Avenue, 
New York City, New York. 

Page 7) 


Jean Myers, 2926 St. Charles Avenue, 
New Orleans, Louisiana. 


Helen Schneider, 

2930 32nd Street, N. W., 

Washington, D. C. 

Katherine Niles, 81 Hundreds Road, 
Wellesley Farms, Massachusetts. 

Dorothy Green, 

R. F. D. No. 3, Bradley Boulevard, 
Bethesda, Maryland. 

To be announced. 

October. 1936 

Alumnae News 


Owlet BRIAR welcomes back Miss Caro- 
line L. Sparrow, who has been absent on 
leave for two years. Miss Sparrow has 
been a member of the History Department 
since 1907. when she came to Sweet Briar 
as a young instructor. She was the head of 
the department until 1932. when she relin- 
quished the headship in order to lighten her 
schedule. She has been very keenly missed, 
both in social and academic matters, and it 
is with particular pleasure that we greet 
her as she returns. 

Miss Florence Robinson, head of the Art 
Department, returns this fall after one se- 
mesters absence during which time she 
studied and worked in the museums in New 
York City, visited many of the large col- 
leges and universities in the east and far 
west, and spent a summer of study in Cali- 

Miss Johanne Stochholm is absent on 
sabbatical leave for the first semester. 
After a visit to St. Andrews University in 
Scotland, Miss Stochholm spent the sum- 
mer in Denmark with her family, and goes 
soon to Scotland and England where she 
will work on an edition of one of the 17th 
century dramatists. Miss Dorothy MacKin- 
non has been added to the staff of the Eng- 
lish Department for next year, to assist in 
Miss Stochholm's absence and to aid in the 
further development of speech clinic work 
under Mr. King's direction. Miss MacKin- 
non comes to Sweet Briar after nine years 
of teaching, including one year at the New 
Jersey College for Women. She holds her 
A B. degree from Smith College and her 
Master's degree from Columbia University. 

Miss Ethel Ramage has been granted a 
second year's leave from Sweet Briar to 
continue her studies toward the doctorate 
at the University of Wisconsin, and Miss 
Sarah Thorpe Ramage will continue as an 
Instructor in English for the coming ses- 

Miss Mary J. Pearl has also been granted 
sabbatical leave for the first semester, to 
finish the work toward the publication of 
her doctoral dissertation at the University 
of Michigan, and in her absence her broth- 

er, Mr. 0. Merrill Pearl, will substitute in 
the Department of Creek and Latin. Mr. 
Pearl received his A.B. degree with Phi 
Beta Kappa honors from the University of 
Michigan, and has completed all of the 
course requirements for his doctorate at 
Michigan. He spent the year 1934-35 
studying at the Universite de Rennes and 
at the University of Paris under the Ameri- 
can Field Service Fellowship granted by 
the University of Michigan. 

Mr. Perry Laukhuff has resigned as an 
Instructor in Government and in his place 
Dr. J. C. Develin has been secured. Dr. 
Develin graduated from Haverford College, 
has the Litt. B. and the D. Phil, from Ox- 
ford, and has diplomas from the University 
of Poitiers and the Centro de Estudios His- 
toricos in Madrid. 

Miss Hilda Harpster, '27, resigned as an 
Instructor in Biology, and in her place Miss 
Lucile Rice comes. Miss Rice has her A.B. 
from the University of Kentucky, her M.A. 
from the University of Illinois, where she 
has also clone additional work toward the 
doctorate, and has taught for fourteen years 
at various schools, colleges, and biological 
stations. She comes to Sweet Briar after a 
year at Lindenwood College in Missouri. 

Upon the resignation of Miss Maria Bou- 
dreaux, Mr. Horace R. Austin was appoint- 
ed as an Instructor in French and Italian. 
Mr. Austin holds the A.B. and A.M. degrees 
from the University of Missouri, has the 
M.A. from Harvard, and is well on the way 
toward his doctor's degree from Harvard. 
Mr. Austin's teaching experience includes 
five years at the University of Missouri and 
three years as an instructor and tutor at 

An additional full-time person has been 
added to the staff of the Modern Language 
Department by the appointment of Miss 
Laura T. Buckham as an Instructor in 
French and Spanish. Miss Buckham is a 
graduate of the University of Vermont and 
of Radcliffe College, where she took her 
Master's degree with Phi Beta Kappa 
honors. She has done the greater part of 
the work toward her doctorate at Harvard, 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

and studied this summer at the Middlebury 
School of Spanish. Her teaching exper- 
ience was first at Northfield Seminary and 
then three years at Milwaukee-Downer Col- 

Miss Weaver is on sabbatical leave and 
is studying at the University of Chicago. 
Miss Winifred A. McDougald has been ap- 
pointed in her place for the year. Miss 
McDougald, an English woman, has re- 
ceived most of her training in England. 
She has a diploma from the Royal Acad- 
emy of Music in London, is an associate 
and licentiate of Trinity College of Music, 
has studied with Matthay of the Matthay 
Piancforte School in London, Felix Win- 
stead, F.R.A.M., Sir John B. McEwen, and 
has studied organ with Stanley Marchant, 
Organist and Choirmaster of St. Paul's 
Cathedral, London. Miss McDougald has 
taught for the past nine years at the Ameri- 
can College for Women, Istanbul, Turkey. 
She came to America in the early fall. 
She will teach piano and two courses in 
appreciation during the year at Sweet 

During the second semester of this ses- 
sion Mrs. Raymond will be on sabbatical 
leave. To substitute for her comes Miss 
Janet MacDonald, a graduate of Agnes 
Scott College, with her Master's degree 
from the University of Chicago, where she 
is working toward the doctorate. Miss 
MacDonald has taught at the Faulkner 
School in Chicago, and for three years has 
been an editorial assistant on the staff of 
the Journal of Modern History. 

Miss Belle Boone Beard, head of the De- 
partment of Economics and Sociology, has 
been elected President of the Virginia Con- 
ference of Social Work. 

Mrs. Bertha Pfister Wailes, '17, has been 
elected to the executive committee of the 
Virginia Social Science Association for the 
year 1936-1937. 

Miss Virginia Gott, '35, has been ap- 
pointed Assistant to the Librarian. During 
the past year she has studied library work 
at the Gsneseo Normal School, Geneseo, 
New York. 

Since the printing of the catalogue for 

1936-37 the faculty has approved plans for 
new interdepartmental majors in the fol- 
lowing subjects: 


Classical Civilization (with emphasis up- 
on Art and Archaeology or upon one of the 
following periods: Fifth Century Athens, 
The Last Century of the Roman Republic, 
The Augustan Age, The Roman Empire.) 

International Affairs 

Physical Mathematics 

Political Economy 

The "Quadrivium" 

Religion and Social Problems 

Religion and Social Theory 

The Renaissance. 

For each of these maj ors there is a group 
of required courses and another group of 
electives. Each major includes at least 36 
hours, in addition to courses taken to meet 
the general requirements for the degree; 
but the total number of hours to be taken 
within the field varies, depending some- 
what upon the degree of advancement of 
the required courses and their prerequisites. 

These majors are planned to concentrate 
the efforts of the student upon some sub- 
ject, some idea or influence, just as a de- 
partmental major does; but, whereas the 
concentration in a departmental major is 
within the department, the focus of inter- 
departmental majors is rather upon rela- 
tionships cutting across departmental boun- 
daries. It is intended that these interde- 
partmental majors shall afford greater flex- 
ibility for the programs of students whose 
interest is not confined within the regular 
departmental lines. 

The student electing one of these majors 
is to choose an adviser with the approval of 
the Dean. She will plan her course in con- 
sultation with her adviser and the program 
must be approved by the departments con- 
cerned — that is, the departments represent- 
ed in the list of required courses. In addi- 
tion there will be a faculty chairman for 
each major, who will have general super- 
vision over it, will consult with the advisers 
and department heads and assist in making 
the student's course an integrated whole. 

October. 1936 

A i.i mnae News 


Art At Sweet Briar 

(Editiiu's Niiii:: Dr. Florence Roldnson is ihe newly appointed Head of ( he Art Department to 
succeed Miss \ irginia R. McLaws, who asked "to be relieved o£ ibis headship. Miss McLaws is con- 
tinuing her alile and long appreciated service in the department, which dates from 19(17.) 

By Dr. Florence H. Robinson 

Head of the Art Department 

Sweet Briar College 

Oince 1932 the college has made con- 
certed and progressive efforts toward a 
richer development ol' the fine arts at Sweet 
Briar. This movement has expressed itself 
in changes and increases in the departments 
concerned, in a more manifest interest in 
the arts on the part of students and com- 
munity and, most important and rewarding 
of all, in the growing appreciation and 
thinking of individuals. This development 
has centered about art, music, drama and 
the dance and has added much to the rich- 
ness and enjoyment of life at Sweet Briar. 

One of the first changes in the Art De- 
partment was the addition of studio prac- 
tice in connection with the courses in his- 
tory and appreciation of art and Greek 
sculpture. The intention of the studio prac- 
tice as a concomitant of lectures and indi- 
vidual reading in art history is to bring 
into the field of art the laboratory method 
for the enlightenment it gives to the student 
who feels her way into artistic expression 
through "trying her hand" at it, facing the 
problems — intellectual and artistic — of the 
artist. By so doing, whether endowed with 
special facility in art or not, the student in- 
creases her powers of observation, develops 
her aesthetic appreciation, and actually 
finds herself able to analyze and under- 
stand her aesthetic experiences in common 
with those of mankind throughout the ages. 
Furthermore, to criticize art with sympathy 
one must analyze its principles and make 
an intelligent attempt to produce it. The 
natural result is found to be an awakening 
of the preceptions that make art a vital 
reality. No one who has not tried to paint 
or draw or model realizes the wonder of the 
awakening and developing preceptions, the 
sense of balance and order, color relations, 
vitality in form with its rhythmic co-ordi- 
nations. In art as in science, knowledge is 
experience. The learning of the grammar 

of art is comparable to the learning of a 
language which gives us a key to the under- 
standing of past ages, unlocking the door 
to the splendor of one age and the ignominy 
and decline of another. The other impor- 
tant value of studio practice is in the devel- 
opment of character, which is the heart and 
center of all education. Character is writ- 
ten in art so clearly that those whose pre- 
ceptions are fully awake can read it with- 
out mistake. The student with no powers 
of concentration is given a picture of her 
own flabbiness in her art laboratory work. 
If she must class herself as a "spineless in- 
vertebrate," from the results, she begins to 
see, through her efforts, that the study of 
art is a discipline in orderly procedure as 
well as an experience of beauty. She be- 
gins to see that art is an interpretation of 
the universal order and that she must learn 
to consider facts in relation to many other 
facts, if she is to have even a small measure 
of success in artistic expression. It is at 
once an intellectual process in the appre- 
ciation of abstract values and an intelligent 
discipline in character building. Its valid- 
ity is apparent. By its practice we are 
helping to make art not a luxury but a ne- 
cessity in American life. 

The studio practice includes drawing, 
painting in water color, oils, tempera and 
fresco, and modeling and carving. The stu- 
dent receives full credit for her studio 
hours, but her grades are never lowered for 
lack of artistic ability. The department 
hopes to add to the technique studied in 
the art laboratory, but further development 
of studio practice is not possible until more 
adequate space is available. We look for- 
ward eagerly to the time when we shall have 
more studio space as well as exhibition gal- 

For the student who feels that she has a 
definite talent there are other studio courses 
not connected with the historical courses. 
The studio courses do not pretend to give 
the training that may be secured in an art 


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October, 1936 

school. In a curriculum designed to give 
a liberal arts education there is time for no 
more than a basic study of practical art. 

The Carnegie Corporation generously 
gave to the college a goodly sum for the 
promotion of the fine arts in the year 1932- 
33. By careful apportionment and eco- 
nomical use of this subvention we are still 
reaping the benefits this year, and, with the 
same vision and faith which brought this 
aid, we are looking forward toward further 
assistance from some sympathetic and gen- 
erous source. 

A few years ago the college purchased 
the Carnegie collection of photographs and 
books on art and has been adding year by 
year to the number of mounted photo- 
graphs, art books and lantern slides. For 
several years the room over the Browsing 
Room in the Library has housed the art 
books, now a collection of over twelve 
thousand volumes of the best works on art 
available. Most art books are expensive 
because of the necessity of fine illustrations. 
Consequently money for the art library 
seems not to go so far in the actual number 
of volumes as in many other fields. 

In addition to these books the college 
owns many fine prints and the splendid 
Prestel-Gesellschaft collection of facsimile 
reproductions of the drawings of old mas- 
ters. The Art Department has from time 
to time purchased large color reproductions 
of the great masters which it has had 
framed and has hung in the studio and in 
the Art Reading Room. We also have a 
fair collection of casts — more than we have 
room for — and some of these are in the Art 
Room and Exhibition Hall of the Library. 

Art exhibitions are brought to the college 
several times each year and have proven a 
source of interest and enjoyment to the 
Sweet Briar community. This current year 
we are to have exhibitions from some of the 
leading art galleries in New York and four 
exhibitions of color reproductions of Amer- 
ican art distributed by Living American 
Art, Incorporated, of New York. From 
these sources we shall be able to have a 
good exhibition each month of the academic 
year. For the first time we are trying the 
experiment of having one fine picture on 
display for a period of two weeks. The 

Knoedler Gallery in New York has prom- 
ised us one of their masterpieces to initiate 
this type of exhibit. 

One of the new ventures of the Art De- 
partment this year is the establishment of 
a picture rental collection. Two friends of 
the college have given a generous sum to be 
used for the purchase and suitable framing, 
with sufficient variety to prevent monotony, 
of a small group of the best facsimile re- 
productions of paintings available. The 
work of surfacing and framing of these 
color prints was carefully considered for 
its artistic effect, and the results are grati- 
fying. The pictures are all labeled and a 
brief historical sketch is to be affixed to the 
back of each. The preparation of these 
brief sketches is in the hands of a senior 
student of art. An exhibition of the framed 
prints was held in the Periodical Room of 
the Library during the first two weeks of 
the year. Students and faculty members 
are able to secure for their own rooms three 
pictures a year for the rental fee of three 
dollars. Each picture is kept for a period 
of about three months, changes being made 
at the Christmas holidays and the spring 
vacation. By living with these reproduc- 
tions of the great masters one learns to love 
and appreciate them. The advantage of 
renting over buying such reproductions is 
obvious. After living with a picture for a 
certain length of time one often ceases to 
"see" it though one may "look at" it many 
times a day. The change of pictures pro- 
vides freshness of vision and quickening of 
observation. It is also true that a person 
may not care to own a picture that he would 
like to possess for a short time in order to 
learn to know and understand it better. 
The rental plan should prove to be the best 
possible way to add to the enjoyment and 
knowledge of art. 

The picture rental collection, though 
initiated by the Art Department, has been 
loyally supported by the Friends of Art 
and has thus become a community activity 
in the high purpose of fostering art at Sweet 

The Friends of Art of Sweet Briar Col- 
lege is an organization now completing its 
first year. Its purpose is to foster art at 
Sweet Briar in every possible way. One of 

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Alumnae News 


its thief objectives is to build up a fund for 
the purchase of a permanent collection of 
original works of art for the college. 
Though this program will require years for 
its accomplishment, great strides have been 
made during the first year of the organiza- 
tion. Through membership fees and gilts 
from benefactors an art collection of high 
value may be obtained. Membership is 
quite unrestricted and is within the reach 
of students as well as staff, faculty and out- 
side friends of art at Sweet Briar. Regular 
annual membership costs only one dollar, 
contributing membership five dollars, sus- 
taining membership ten dollars and life 
membership fifty dollars. Any person who 
contributes one hundred dollars or more 
becomes thereby a benefactor. During the 
first year of the existence of Friends of Art, 
three persons became life members, thirteen 
contributing members and there were one 
hundred and six regular members. Close 
to three hundred and fifty dollars are now 
in the savings bank accruing interest for 
the permanent fund. In addition to this 
sum a small checking account is reserved 
for current expenses. One contributing 
member made an additional gift of twenty- 
five dollars and thus the fund grows. 

Two gifts of pictures have been made to 
the college through the Friends of Art and 
a third has been promised. Susanne Gay 
of the class of 1932 presented a landscape 
in oils by her grandfather Edward Gay, a 
well-known landscapist of the past genera- 
tion, one of whose works is in the Metro- 
politan Museum in New York. Gernda von 
Briessen Neuhauser of New \ork City pre- 
sented a drawing in color by the well-known 
French modernist, Marie Laurencin. One 
of the most outstanding American painters 
of the present day, Henry Lee McFee, who 
is a friend of Sweet Briar and has painted 
on our lovely campus, has promised one of 
his pictures but has not made the actual 
presentation. Thus the collection grows. 

Among the activities of the Friends of 
Art in its first year were the sponsoring of 
special exhibitions of art not held under 
the auspices of the Art Department. Last 
year two such exhibitions were offered to 
the college public. A varied group of 
twenty-four paintings by Hilda Belcher, 

who is a well-known New York artist, in- 
cluding some of her unique negro sketches, 
such as "Run Little Children" and "House 
of Prayer," was shown in November. In 
March a striking group of twenty paintings 
of American negroes of the Old South by 
Elizabeth Paxton Oliver, mother of Jean 
Oliver of the class of 1939, was loaned by 
Mrs. Oliver after her one-man show of them 
in the Erich Newhouse Gallery in New 

Dr. Meyer Schapiro was the guest of 
honor at a reception and party held by the 
Friends of Art following his lecture on 
"The Nature of Abstract Art," one of the 
college series of lectures in February. 

The first gallery talk sponsored by 
Friends of Art was given early in March 
by Miss Wilcox of the art faculty in con- 
nection with an exhibition of twelve Amer- 
ican paintings loaned by the Museum of 
Modern Art in New York. Most of these 
canvases were gifts of Mrs. John D. Rocke- 
feller, Jr., one of the founders of the Mu- 
seum, to its permanent collection. About 
thirty-four members of Friends of Art at- 
tended and found the talk on the fundamen- 
tal principles of design and color in these 
works, the purpose of the artists and the 
forces influencing them, stimulating to their 
thinking on and understanding of modern 

On March eleventh about twenty mem- 
bers of the organization attended the twen- 
ty-fifth annual exhibition of American and 
European paintings at Randolph-Macon 
Woman's College. The group went in fa- 
culty cars and was received by a group of 
faculty members of Randolph-Macon and 
townspeople prominent in art circles. It is 
hoped that this precedent will become the 
custom since it enabled an unusually large 
number of persons to attend an excellent 
exhibition of the neighboring college. 

The most recent activity among a small 
group of student members of the Friends of 
Art is the organization of a Studio Club. 
Six students" comprise the charter member- 
ship of this new club which is holding its 
first regular meeting as this is being written. 
The three-fold aim of the Studio Club is to 
stimulate creative art at Sweet Briar, to 
render practical service to the college 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

through their artistic production and to 
offer a source of pleasurable interest and 
valuable instruction to its members. The 
club plans to meet for two hours every 
other week in the studio or out of doors for 
sketching. It has been suggested that at 
each meeting a visiting critic be invited in 
to keep the standards high by constructive 
criticism. The club hopes to attract the 
interest of the art instructors at Sweet Briar 
and other artists from neighboring com- 
munities. Already the club has established 
a poster "factory" and the business has 
grown astonishingly with many new orders 
and the prospect of immediate financial in- 
come. Various organizations of the college 
may have their poster advertising made to 
order, be assured of receiving posters on 
time and of getting work of high artistic 
standards, according to the members of ihc 
club. Another interesting plan which 
should prove effective both from a financial 
and artistic standpoint is to make personal 
Christmas cards to order. The girls are 
now trying to work out some original and 
unusual ideas for Christmas card designs 
and will gladly take orders from individ- 
uals interested. The money made through 
these means will be contributed to the 
Friends of Art fund. 

Although the more recent art activities of 
the college have been emphasized here, it is 
well to recall that many agencies have long 
been at work quietly and effectively both 
within and without the Art Department to 
stimulate art interest at Sweet Briar. A con- 
siderable amount of artifacts and museum 
material has been gathered during the last 
decade which will form the nucleus of the 
Sweet Briar Art Museum of the future. 
Most of these collections are now housed 
in the halls of the Mary Helen Cochran 
Library and are of archaeological value. 
They comprise the three cases of Greek and 
Roman vases, coins and minor arts given to 
the college by the Classical Club and a few 
of its friends; three cases of artifacts and 
pottery of Indian Mound Builders, the gift 
of Mrs. W. F. Garth of Huntsville, Ala- 
bama, and furnished by the Alabama Mu- 
seum of Natural History from its archaeo- 
logical collections; votive heads from the 
Great Pyramid of the Sun at Toetihuacan, 
Mexico, collected and presented by Dr. 
Mary Harley; and lastly three large cases 
of Indian relics given to the college through 
the good offices of the Department of So- 
ciology by the Valentine Museum in Rich- 

It is with deep regret that we learn of the death of Miss Helen 
F. Young on August 11, in the Queen of the Angels Hospital in Los 
Angeles. Students who were at Sweet Briar in the period between 
1906 and 1924 when Miss Young was Director of Music will re- 
member her as a very able artist and teacher and as a woman of 
charm and vivid personality. She was one of the early group whose 
valiant work laid the foundation for Sweet Briar's development. The 
memory of her fine, brave spirit and of her love of all that was 
beautiful remains with us. 

October. 1936 

Alumnae News 


The Program of Speech Improvement at 

Sweet Briar 

By Mr. Cameron King 

Instructor in English 

at Sued Briar 

1 hat the speech of every Sweet Briar 
student should be above reproach — that 
her voice should be pleasant to listen to, 
her enunciation in keeping with generally 
recognized standards, her articulation dis- 
tinct, and her pronunciation in conformity 
with the best usage of the region in which 
she resides — this is the premise upo.i which 
the program of speech improvement at 
Sweet Briar is predicated. 

But the realization of this aim is beset 
with many difficulties. First and greatest 
among these, strangely, is the difficulty of 
convincing the student who speaks poorly 
that her speech is in need of improvement. 
Of course if her faults of speech are limited 
to errors in pronunciation — if, for in- 
stance, she says "morch" when she means 
"march", "dotter" when she means "daugh- 
ter", "min" when she means "men", "for- 
midable" when she means "formidable", 
"umbrella" when she means "umtreZla" — 
she will recognize at once the difference 
between her own and the standard pronun- 
ciation, and can be convinced of her error 
merely by placing a dictionary in front of 

If her faults are of any other sort, how- 
ever, the task is a great deal less easy. Her 
articulation, for example, may be exceed- 
ingly careless; she may habitually say such 
things as "lass" for "lasts", "ast" for 
"asked," "wanna" for "want to", "didn' 
go" for "didn't go". But because she com- 
mits these faults when her mind is on the 
matter rather than the manner of what she 
is saying, and because she can readily say 
the right thing when she tries, she is likely 
to be skeptical and she may be indignant 
at being told that she habitually says the 
wrong thing. 

If her enunciation is faulty, she may 
prove even more recalcitrant. She is likely 
to say "path" and declare that she said 
"pass", "wred" and insist that she said 

"red", "fee-ul" and deny vehemently that 
she said anything but "feel". In such in- 
stances the difficulty is that she simply can- 
not hear what she is saying. And the same 
is likely to be true if her vocal tone is in 
any way unpleasant — if she talks through 
her nose, if she sounds as if she had a per- 
petual cold in her head, if her voice is 
husky or shrill or throaty or flat, or if it 
grates every time she comes to the end of 
a sentence. 

Just why anyone should be unable to 
hear himself as others hear him is a ques- 
tion for the psychologists. But the fact is 
aptly illustrated by an incident that oc- 
curred recently in one of the classes in 
Speech. A student read aloud a paragraph 
from an article on expository writing. 
When she had finished, the student sitting 
next to her remarked that she had repeated- 
ly said "riding" when she had meant to say 
"writing", which was true. Then it was 
the second student's turn to read. When 
she came to the word "written" the class 
shouted with laughter, and she looked up 
in astonishment. Yes, she herself had said 
"ridden", although it took the combined 
efforts of the class and the instructor to 
convince her that she had. Because of this 
curious and almost universal inability of 
ours to hear ourselves as others hear us, the 
only way most of us can discover precisely 
what faults in speaking we have is to listen 
to our own speech on a phonograph record. 
For that reason the routine of the program 
of speech improvement at Sweet Briar be- 
gins with a phonographic recording of the 
speech of each new student. These record- 
ings are made in an elaborately equipped 
studio, designed by sound engineers to be 
ecoustically perfect. They are made by 
that highly accurate method known to the 
radio announcers as electrical transcription, 
by means of the same type of equipment as 
is used in the broadcasting studios. Never- 
theless, many students refuse to believe at 
first that their recording is accurate, and 
can be convinced of its accuracy only by 
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Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

Over the Secretary's Desk 

October, and once again the oppor- 
tunity to chat informally with you about 
things of interest on the campus and in the 
Cabin. This yearly chat is one of the most 
pleasant parts of my work as your secre- 
tary. An annual report does not lend itself 
to a visit with each and every one of you. 
You are not merely names to me, but I like 
to think of you as "pals," all keenly inter- 
ested in Sweet Briar, all wanting to help 
with its- growth, and all cherishing fond 
memories of your life here. 

The year has opened with the college full 
to overflowing. There are 432 students in 
residence and ten Amherst County students, 
making a total enrollment of 442. In addi- 
tion, four Juniors have gone to St. Andrews 
for the year. They are Margaret Weimer, 
St. Albans, West Virginia; Rose Hyde, 
Washington, D. C; Josephine Happ, Ma- 
con, Georgia; and Maud Carson Tucker, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Our students have come from thirty- 
seven states, the District of Columbia, Ha- 
waii and China. Virginia leads in the num- 
ber of students enrolled, with New York in 
second place, New Jersey third, and North 
Carolina fourth. Our student distribution 
always includes more than thirty-six states, 
and Sweet Briar is, therefore, one of the ten 
so-called "national" colleges in the United 

At the opening Convocation the list of 
Junior Honor students was read by Dean 
Dutton. This list, comprising the highest 
ranking members of the class is based on 
the record of their first two years. They 
are Dorothy Gipe, of Toledo, Ohio, (sister 
of Martha Jane, '35 ) , who has led her class 
since entering college; Josephine Happ, of 
Macon, Georgia; Winifred Hagberg, of 
Chicago; Lucille Sergeant, of White Plains, 
New York; and Pollyanna Shotwell, of 
Monroe, Louisiana. This honor carries 
with it the exclusive use of the Junior Study 
Room in the Library. 

The soap coupons have started coming in 
to the office, which is very cheering as we 
are anxious to go over the top with a quota 
of 50,000 by December 31, 1936. All cou- 

pons over this number will be credited with 
an additional ten percent cash value. Where 
can you find such a bargain in so painless 
a way? The money from these coupons is 
to be used for additional steel filing cabi- 
nets. Practically all of the cabinets in the 
office have been bought with coupons, to 
say nothing of the invaluable addresso- 
graph. Colgate Palmolive Peet Company 
has been most generous with this ten per- 
cent premium and we must make the most 
of it. All coupons from Octagon and Kirk- 
man products are redeemable, also coupons 
from Rumford Baking Powder, Borden's 
Milk, Luzianne Coffee, Knox-Jell and 
Creamettes. Start the New Year with not 
a coupon in your house as the zero hour 
for the premium is December 31, 1936. 
Our many thanks in advance. 

The office is again fortunate in being 
able to have several N. Y. A. student assist- 
ants. One of the projects that will be un- 
dertaken this year is a concentrated effort 
to track down our "lost" members. Please 
avoid getting on that list by sending us your 
change of address. While our list is not a 
large one, we never want a single alumna 
to be missing. If you know of changes of 
address of your Sweet Briar friends, please 
send us a postal card with the information. 
This work sounds simple, but it is one of the 
most difficult tasks of any alumnae office. 
In addition to this work, the N. Y. A. girls 
will continue with the filing of the Briar 
Patch cuts and the making of scrap books 
to match. These cuts are housed in the 
garret of the Cabin in large cabinets given 
to us by Miss Glass for this express pur- 
pose. These assistants will help to bring 
up to date the file of the achievements of 
our graduates. If you have received a 
Ph.D. or an MA. recently do rush this news 
to us. One of the things most needed is a 
new Alumnae Directory. This file of 
achievements will add much interest to that 
Directory, when we have found Lady Boun- 
tiful to finance it. Because so much of my 
time must be devoted to work for the Amer- 
ican Alumni Council the student assistants 
will answer letters on price of china, etch- 
ings, etc., so if you fail to have a letter from 

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me, please forgive for this one year. Mail 
in the office has increased, in a proportion 
of eight to one. Where we get one letter 
for the office, we get eight for the Council. 

Good news comes to us from Jones. Mc- 
Duffee Stratton Company to the effect that 
our "china worries" are over. The factor) 
is now running and we should be able to 
make prompt delivery on all orders. China 
really does make an excellent Christinas 
present. And speaking of presents, we have 
those delightful lithographs (see insids 
front cover) done by Lester B. Miller for 
sale. They will solve many a gift problem 
for you. The Cleveland Alumnae Club as- 
sures me that more Daisy Dolls are ready 
for sale. So bustling is this Club, a very 
special article is being written about their 
activities for print in the December Alum- 
nae News. 

Another article that commands our atten- 
tion for the December issue is one written 
especially for the Alumnae News by Mollie 
Meriwether Brooks, ex-'25, on "Early 
American with a French Accent." 

The Report of the 1935-1936 Alumnae 
Fund is encouraging, but we must admit 
that it is not up to the high standard which 
we hold for anything bearing the name of 
Sweet Briar, lour Council and your Fund 
Committee spend hours over an anticipated 

budget : \ our early contribution to the Fund 
will help to allow the office to work on an 
actual budget rather than on an uncertain 
one. Because we firmly believe that your 
interest is ever with us, in spite of the lack 
of tangible evidence, this copy of the Alum- 
nae News is being sent complimentary to 
the entire list of Sweet Briar Alumnae. The 
December. March, and June numbers will 
go only to contributors to the Alumnae 

George Ade gave us something worthy of 
thought when he said: 

"'Sometimes I wonder if our fervent 
ballyhoos and circus advertisements ever 
arouse any of the grads and ex-students 
who have become comatose and calloused. 
If only we could make them understand 
that we are laboring for their own good ! 
Honestly, a man or woman who has en- 
joyed the rich and varied experiences of a 
four-year course at a good university, his 
sheepskin representing a gift to him, in- 
stead of something he has earned and paid 
for, who has succeeded to a full partner- 
ship in the achievements of his school after 
he left, and who has acquired new import- 
ance becauss of the growing importance of 
die university — such a person, who fails to 
take a lively interest in developments back 
on the campus, is in a bad way." 

The Program of Speech Improvement at Sweet Briar 

(Continued from Pa 


repeated comparison of their habitual way 
of saying things with what they hear on the 

If a student has as many as three of the 
four general kinds of speech faults — if, for 
example, she pronounces badly, articulates 
various combinations of sounds clumsily or 
carelessly, and speaks with a marked nasal 
tone — she is advised to enter the course in 
speech, for in such cases there is little 
chance of satisfactory improvement with- 
out systematic instruction and an abun- 
dance of supervised practice. If, on the 
other hand, her faults of speech are rela- 
tively few — if, say, her pronunciation is 
passably good, her articulation is clean-cut. 
and her only difficulties are a lisp and an 

unpleasantly flat vocal tone — she is given 
instruction she may need in periodical con- 

This plan has been in operation for far 
too brief a time for any one to say how well 
it will succeed in attaining its objective. 
The recording equipment was secured only 
last year. Adequate teaching personnel be- 
came available only at the beginning of this 
year. All that can be said at present is that 
the plan is accomplishing remarkable re- 
sults elsewhere — at Columbia, at Dart- 
mouth, at New York University, at Smith 
— and that under the present conditions the 
outlook for its success at Sweet Briar is 
very favorable. 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

From the Athletic Department 

By Lucy Taliaferro, '38 

A. whistle shrills — and fall sports are 
on at Sweet Briar! This year even more 
enthusiasm than usual is being shown, part- 
ly clue to the fact that outstanding visitors 
will be here both to coach and to give ex- 
hibition performances. 

Of course, hockey is again the favorite 
among sports. This fall Miss C. M. K. 
Applebee of Great Britain was on the cam- 
pus and although a visitor, she was out on 
the field helping almost as soon as she ar- 
rived. Miss Applebee is one of our favor- 
ites, having been here in 1928 and having 
coached some of our lucky few at her 
Hockey Camp in the Poconos. She hopes 
to be in this country until October 16 when 
the British hockey team comes to Sweet 
Briar to play an exhibition game against 
the All-Virginia team which was picked last 
year. Sweet Briar has four members left 
on that team this year: Miss Delano, Al- 
meda Howard, Elizabeth Lockett, and Mar- 
ion Fuller. 

The British team is visiting in this coun- 
try prior to their games at the International 
Federation Tournament, which will be held 
in Philadelphia this year and will be par- 
ticipated in by American, British, Scotch, 
and other foreign teams. They arrived 
early in October, and played at Washington 
and Baltimore; following that, they came 
down to Virginia where they played an 
eastern Virginia exhibition at Richmond 
and the western Virginia one at Sweet Briar. 
Besides this interest in the English team, a 
great deal of excitement has been aroused 
in class hockey. Isabelle Olmstead, our 
Head of Hockey, and Miss Rogers have 
been ever so busy trying to fix a varsity 
schedule as well as to select class teams. 

Another visitor of importance in the De- 
partment of Physical Education this year 
will be Charles Weidman, "leading expo- 
nent of contemporary dancing." The dance 

classes which have been full to overflowing 
in the last year, are in a fever of anticipa- 
tion at the thought of his visit. 

Charles Weidman comes to us from the 
School of Dance in New York, which he 
and Miss Doris Humphry, who visited us 
in 1934, you will remember, organized. 
Both he and Miss Humphry have been in- 
terested in dancing since childhood and re- 
ceived their early training under the Dem- 
shawn dancers. Mr. Weidman is to be with 
us during the first week of November, when 
he will dance with the classes and, in par- 
ticular, with the Choreography Group of 
dance leaders. At the end of his week's 
training, he will present a program of his 
own dances. 

Another activity which has received a 
great deal of attention in the last two years 
is riding. Classes of four each have been 
arranged so that a favored few of those in- 
terested in learning to ride may do so under 
the leadership of Miss Rogers. There has, 
also, been an increase in the number of 
privately owned horses in the Sweet Briar 
stables. Already there has been one moon- 
light supper ride. Many of our girls par- 
ticipated in the Amherst Fair which took 
place on October 9. The Montpelia 
Hounds, which Sweet Briar helps support, 
has been organized on a more business-like 
basis; so hunts, too, will begin sometime in 
the middle of this month. 

As always, there is a goodly number of 
lacrosse players and prospective archers. 
Nearly a hundred are taking up the art of 
the bow and arrow this year. 

So we feel that we are well on our way 
to success in athletics. We are thrilled at 
the chance to work under such able leaders 
from the outside world as Miss Applebee 
and Mr. Weidman, as well as under our 
own fine coaches. And from all appear- 
ances, 1936 is going to be a big year in 
athletics at Sweet Briar! 

October. 1936 

Alumnae News 


Class Personals 

Bergetta Owens Pabsl is the mother of a daugh- 
ter born in Milwaukee in July. 

Class Secretary, Frances Murrell Rickards 
(Mrs. Everingham) , North Shore Point, Norfolk, 
\ irginia 

Class Secretary. Josephine Murray Joslin 
(Mrs. J. Whitman, Jr.), 32 South Williams Street, 
Johnstown, New York. 


Class Secretary, Loulie Wilson, 514 West 114th 
Street. New York City. 

Frances Matson Hardie writes from Romona, 
San Diego County, California, that one of her two 
sons will be a senior in high school this year. 

Hazel Lane spent July on Nantucket, as usual. 

Ru'h Gibson Yenning's son, Wm. L. Yenning. 
Jr.. has graduated from Duke University with Phi 
Beta Kappa honors and is now a medical student 
there. Her daughter, Virginia, is a sophomore at 
the North Carolina College for Women. Ruth 
spent the month of June in Bronxville, New York, 
with her parents. 


Class Secretary, Mary Pinkerton Kerr (Mrs. 
James I, 410 College Place, Washington, North 


Class Secre ary, Ruth Maurice Gorrell (Mrs. 
E. S.), 360 Westminster Road, Lake Forest, Illi- 


Class Secretary, Harriet Evans Wychoff, 
(Mrs. C. Bernard), 3253 S Street, N. W., Wash- 
ington, D. C. 


Class Secretary, Felecia Patton, Beechmoor, 
Catlettsburg. Kentucky. 


Class Secretary, Rachel Lloyd Holton (Mrs. 
Hoyt), 2318 Densmore Drive, Toledo, Ohio. 

Bertha Pfister Wailes is spending part of her 
time this winter in work on her Ph.D. at the Uni- 
versity of \ irginia. Her work is in the field of 
Sociology. Bertha has been elected President of 
the \ irginia Federation of Home Demonstrations 
Clubs. Her term of office is for two years. The 
organiza'ion represents more than 16,000 rural 
women. She is a member of the State Committee 
to stimulate interest in and to further the work of 
mother's aid. She is also on the State Planning 
Board for the study of marginal populations prob- 


Class Secretary, Margaret McYey, 1417 Grove 
Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. 

The Alumnae Association records with deep re- 
gret the death of Alma Sinsel Wood. 


Class Secretary. (To lie announced. I In ihc 
meantime, please send your news items to the 
Alumnae Office. 


Class Secretary, Dorothy Wallace, Gimle Hall. 
Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Class Secretary, Maynette Rozelle Stephen- 
son (Mrs. James A.l, 1220 Hillcrest Road, South 
Bend, Indiana. 

Dear "21 : Shelley Rouse Aegasen is now living 
in Geneva, Illinois. When Joe Ahara MacMillan 
came west for her annual summer visit to her 
mother in Mishawaka, Indiana, there was a big 
meeting in Chicago. 

Mardy Henigbaum Des Calier (ex-'24, ) has 
moved from South Bend to make her home in 
Winnetka, Illinois. 

Please send news items to 

Maynette R. Stephenson. 

Class Secre ary, Burd Dickson Stevenson 
(Mrs. Frederick J.), 608 Maple Lane, Shields, 

William Edward Kerr arrived about two months 
ago and even his mother, Bis Fohl, agrees that he 
is a very handsome lad and of course a remarkable 

Well! It seems as how there were two Sweet 
Briar gals, one a graduate of '22, one an "ex" 22, 
and they went out to Edgewood to call on Mary- 
Elizabeth (Bis) Fohl Kerr. Mary Elizabeth and 
husband Charles had guests, so the said S. B. 
ladies crept under the window and miaowed. It 
took them a long time to persuade the Kerrs and 
guests that they weren't really cats. Really chil- 
dren! I'm convinced you never thought that that 
little sample of how you spend your idle moments 
would make the Bulletin. 

Ho-hum! We see a'l, hear all, tell all — or al- 
most all. 

Well the gals were Mierke and Lib Elkins Mc- 
Candless. Mierke spent a couple of days with Lib 
and then stayed a while with Bis, spurning my 
invitation to stay a while in Shields. Perhaps it's 
just as well on account of there are a lot of dogs 
in our neighborhood. 

Lib Elkins McC. looks, talks, and acts just the 
same. She has a son of ten as tall as she. Her 
avowed ambitions are to find just one person whom 
she can "run" and to bre;d Scotties. At present 
she is raising English setters and plans to paint 
in oils this winter. She has a very few gray hairs 
which somehow make her better looking than ever. 

Mierke also looks and acts as in our carefree 
college days. Her hair has a touch more red in 
it — must be the gypsy in her. She is still working 
at Higbee's and is just as conscientious about her 
labors as when collecting her forty specimens for 
invertebrate zoo.. 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

Rumor has it that Miss Dally recently moved 
from one apartment in Hartford, Connecticut, to 
another in the same city. At the vital moment it 
was found that the piano wouldn't go in the new 
nest. Since Gert is still studying the piano (as 
well as working in the China department at the 
Fox Store) it sounds like a moderate sized dilem- 
ma. Whether Gert is at this moment sitting on 
the sidewalk with the piano I couldn't say. 
Farewell my Lovelies, 



Class Secretary, LaVern McGee Olney (Mrs. 
Alfred C, Jr.), 425 C Avenue, Coronado, Califor- 

Dear '23: My apologies for being so late with 
the cards — I truly just forgot them. But f did 
think I had until October 1st to send my letter to 
Sweet Briar, instead of having to have it in by 
September 25th. So this will have to leave before 
any of your answers could possibly arrive — should 
any of you deign to answer! 

I must tell you of the nice newsy letter Helen 
Duckworth Irwin sent me — the end of March. 
When I wrote the June letter, I had misplaced it, 
so am just now sharing it with you. She lives in 
Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, and has moved to a new 
address, 109 Carolina Avenue. She has had four 
children, three boys, aged 7, 3 and 1, and lost her 
little girl. Sarah, aged 3, two years ago. Both 
Helen and her husband attended the University of 
Cincinnati, and are quite busy keeping up with 
their fraternity and sorority there. (I think Ft. 
Thomas is just across the river from Cincinnati — 
right, Helen? I haven't an atlas handy in which 
to look it up.) Many thanks for such a nice letter, 
Helen, and I wish more of the long silent absen- 
tees would follow your example! 

All of you remember Margaretta Tuttle, in out- 
class, and her sister, Katherine, in '22. Well, Mrs. 
Tuttle, Katherine and a younger brother have been 
in Coronado for several months. Margaretta is 
visiting in England, and having a gorgeous time. 
Mrs. Tuttle, as I am sure you all know, has written 
for the Ladies' Home Journal and the Saturday 
Evening Post for a long time, and has had two of 
her stories, '"The Unguarded Hour'' and "The Feet 
of Clay," made int.) movies. The other afternoon 
our Episcopal young women's club, "The 20-40 
Club," asked her to speak at one of our meetings 
on "How to Conquer Hollywood." As she said, 
no one ever conquers it, but, since she had been 
asked to speak of her experiences there, she would 
be glad to do so; and she gave us a very Clevel- 
and most amusing talk. All of us enjoyed it tre- 
mendously, although I do not know if any of us 
have been encouraged thereby to try to conquer 
Hollywood! She came to Coronado to get the 
background for a story of a girl and the Navy, and 
said she had thought she could write it in two 
weeks anyhow, and that she had been here for over 
two months, and had yet to learn to differentiate 
between a Captain and an Admiral! 

Mildred Featherstone, ex-'23, writes from Los 
Angeles that Laura Thompson McMillar, her hus- 
band and twin boys of ten, had had dinner with 
her and her sister in August, just before they re- 

turned to Chapel Hill. Also that Peg Spengel 
Runge and her family had spent the month of July 
at Lake Arrowhead. 

Several years ago, I wrote you of meeting a 
charming lady, a Mrs. Mallory Mellersh, of Eng- 
land, who had been to school in New York with 
Daisy Williams, and had been a very good friend 
of hers. When Daisy died, Mrs. Williams had 
sent Mrs. Mellersh a ring and pin of Daisy's. I 
thought she would be interested in Daisy's Diary, 
so sent her a copy this summer. She wrote in 
acknowledgment that she had greatly enjoyed the 
book, but it was a revelation to her how narrow 
life had been in those days. She said on her next 
visit to the LI. S. A. she hoped to visit Sweet Briar. 

Alfred had two weeks leave this August, and as 
his mother very generously offered to look after 
the house and Wee LaVern, we went off on a 
"spree"' by ourselves. We drove up the coast to 
Rio del Mar Country Club, on Monterey Bay, 
about ten miles south of Santa Cruz, to spend a 
few days with Peg Turner Brown, of '20, and her 
husband, Francis. They live in Stockton, Califor- 
nia, but have built a darling house on the top of 
the hill overlooking Monterey Bay — all knotted 
pine inside, and most attractively furnished. It 
was grand being with them, had not seen them in 
three years. Peg has spent the entire summer 
there, Francis coming down on Fridays for the 
week-end, and they plan to come down every week- 
end this winter. The golf course there is really 
a grand one, a regular steeple chase up and down 
the countryside, but Peg plays it as well as she 
does everything. She has just finished two years 
as Secretary of the Junior League at Stockton, and 
has been elected Chairman of the Republican Wo- 
men Voters of Northern California. 

From there, we drove to San Francisco for a few 
days — and did I enjoy the shops! I believe they 
are the best anywhere in the country! 

Returned home via Yosemite, which is truly 
marvelous — so wonderful that it is beyond words 
of mine to describe it. But we thoroughly enjoyed 
our stay. 

I know you are all very proud of our Buffy being 
elected Alumnae President for the coming year. 
We all know you will make a grand one, Buffy, 
and congratulate you and ourselves. 

LaVern McGee Olney. 

Class Secretary, Elizabeth Pape Mercur (Mrs. 
Frederic), 455 High Street, Bethlehem, Pennsyl- 

Muriel MacLeod Searby, her husband, their 
daughter Lucy, and twin sons, Daniel and Fred- 
erick, spent a great part of the summer with her 
parents in Milwaukee. Captain and Mrs. Searby, 
whose home is in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, motored 
east for two weeks in August and then returned to 
Milwaukee before going back to Oklahoma. 

Class Secretary, Jane Becker Clippinger (Mrs. 
John C), 4021 LaCrosse Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Class Secretary, Margaret Malone McClem- 
ents (Mrs. James B., Jr.), 5640 Aylesboro Avenue, 
Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. 

October, 1936 

Alumnae News 


Having modestlj made my waj through Sweet 
Briar holding no finer office than substitute on the 
second floor Grammer basketball team, 1 feel a bit 
abashed at finding myself Class Secretary for. the 
year. This is due to Mary Bristol Graham's con- 
tribution lo the race, a baby girl horn in August. 
Among the other late arrivals is Baby Tony Har- 
ris, whose mama is Wanda Jensch. He was named 
for his father who is called Jack and whose initials 
are W. W. and the whole subject seems to need 
further investigation. 

In the older infant department there are Ruth 
Aufderheide Hull's twin girls. Beverly and Bar- 
bara, and Margaret Krider Ivey's second son, born 
in the Spring. And Ruth Johnston Bowen had a 
baby last June. 

The nearest I could get to Commencement was 
Washington where Cornelia Wailes Wailes (I'm 
not stuttering) is living, Tom, her husband, being 
in the diplomatic service. She had Kitty Blount, 
Edna Lee Wood, Gert Prior, Betty Holtzman Sell- 
man, and me for lunch and we sat around all after- 
noon admiring each other. Betty and I waved 
them all off for Sweet Briar with tears in our eyes 
and were back in the mines by night. All Com- 
mencement news has been kept secret from me ex- 
cept that Helen Finch Halford was the chief high- 
light with her news that she lives in the same 
apartment house in London with the much publi- 
cized Mrs. Simpson. A royal touch to our re- 
union ! 

Jinny Lee Taylor Tinker plans to go to Sweet 
Briar over Founders' Day for the Alumnae Council 
meeting. She with her small daughter and son 
had a cottage at Bay Head, New Jersey, for the 
summer. They weren't far from Betty Moore 
Rusk's cottage at Seaside Park. Also on the 
Jersey coast at Ventnor were Dot McKee Abney 
and her two children. 

Kitty Blount went to a couple of places I can't 
spell and finally visited for a week at Kay Norris 
Stillman's new summer home at Camden, Maine. 
Peg Reinhold traveled to California and this fall 
returns to the Brearley School in New York where 
she teaches mathematics. Dorothy Keller Iliff, 
after attending Commencement, drove with her 
mother out to her home in Denver. They stopped 
en route to visit Margaret White in Rock Island, 

Martha Close Page and her two little boys spent 
the latter half of the summer on Lake Erie at 
Madison, Ohio. They have moved from Detroit 
to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Another set of mov- 
ers are Sarah Merrick Houriet, husband, three 
children, dog, and household effects — from Nor- 
folk, Virginia, to Raunsdale Road, Shaker Heights, 
Cleveland. All of you be sure to take your fami- 
lies and stay with them for the Great Lakes Expo- 
sition. They'll just love it, I'll bet you. 

The only other seasonal tidbits are that Frances 
Dunlop was married in Washington in June; Betty 
Holtzman Sellman with her husband spent the 
summer in England; Margaret Elliott Manning 
pain's miniatures; Ruth Weitzenkorn Ul'man runs 
a gift shop, lived in the country outside of Buffalo 
all summer, and has a small son. If these news 

items weren't strictly non-partisan. I could men- 
tion that Barbara Ware Clarke-Smith is one of the 
luminaries of the Young Republicans of Vermont. 

The Alumnae Fund situation is as follows: Hamilton Davis has had a fine promotion 
and must be anything but tickled pink to find her- 
self Assistant Chairman of the whole works. Edna 
Lee Wood is pinch-hitting as Class Agent, assisted 
by the Misses and former Misses Bailey, Jensch, 
Keller, Will, Blount, Weitzenkorn, and Moore. 
Be nice when you hear from t.hem and remember 
"There but for the grace of God go I" and further- 
more if you don't pay up, you will no longer re- 
ceive this pretty magazine, and you won't get to 
know about the five new babies that we're planning 
for the December issue along with other interest- 
ing news. 

Poly Cary Dew Woodson has moved to 29 South 
Highwood Avenue, Glen Rock, New Jersey. 

LOST — Class President Bachman and May 
Queen Rountree. Substantial reward and no ques- 
tions asked. 

Margaret Malone McClements. 


Class Secretary, Pauline Payne, 233 Kevin 
Place, Toledo, Ohio. 

I took my annual pilgrimage to visit Madeline 
Brown Wood in August and what little was 
gleaned about '27 from that trip is all I have to 
offer, I'm sorry to say. 

The Woods were very charming in allowing 
Marg Cramer and I to visit them indefinitely and 
Lisa Guigon, was also a guest there at the same 
time. We saw Connie Van Ness who is still sup- 
porting some railroad in order to commute back 
and forth to the Big City daily. Grace Sunderland 
Kane, '29, who with her husband, Lieutenant Kane 
is now at West Point, had us over to lunch and we 
had a very interesting time — especially watching 
Lieutenant Kane train a new horse they had just 
bought. Willie Woodard was also at the luncheon, 
and although we all hadn't seen one another since 
Sweet Briar days, there was a grand feeling of 
being with people that ''understood." 

The Wood children would make copy for many 
books but I'm afraid my literary powers fail me — 
but picture if you can the great Sphynx Madeline 
having a daughter who leaves nothing unsaid, even 
to asking us why we had come to Iona Island and 
with a great sigh, how long we were going to stay? 

I have heard it said that Betty Bachman Hard- 
castle is now the mother of two male children, but 
Betty hasn't informed me. 

Hilda Harpster is beginning work on her doc- 
tor's degree at the University of Michigan — and, 
of course, when speaking of your friends at S. B. 
it's veiy impressive to mention that she was one 
of them. 

Marg and I intended looking up Lib Mathews — 
and Emily Farrel Cornell — on our homeward jour- 
ney but we got involved at Watkins' Glen some- 
how and didn't get around to it. 

Compy is at her sister's in Asheville doing some 
painting and is going to visit Jo Snowden Durham 
soon — so maybe she'll write me some news for the 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 19.36 

next issue. If somebody doesn't I'm sure it will be 
a void as for the next few months I shall be in- 
spiring the American youth to bigger and better 


Eleanor Albers was married to Dr. Thomas P. 
Foltz, July 15, 1936. 

Sara von Schilling was married to James S. 
Stanley, June 30, 1936. 

Nar Warren Taylor is studying at Columbia 
University this winter. She is living at Whittier 
Hall, 1230 Amsterdam Avenue. 

Katherine Johnston will be married October 
10th' to Mr. Thomas Hall Brehme, Jr., of Balti- 


Class Secretary. Helen Davis McIlrath (Mis. 
W. H.), 1518 West 4th Street, Muscatine, Iowa. 

Evelyn Claybrook was married to Gordon Lee 
Bowie October 3, 1936. 


Class Secretary, Anna Torian, 1802 North Tal- 
bott Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Mary Archer Bean Eppes has a son, Robert Ben- 
net, born this summer. 

Nora Lee Antrim was at Camp Windwood in 
Ashland, New Hampshire. 

Eleanor Duvall has turned to championship ten- 
nis as a summer diversion. She played in the 
South Caro'ina State Tournament. How did you 
com? out, Eleanor? 

Mi'dred Bronaugh Taylor has a daughter, Mil- 
dred Lee Drewery, born in July. 

Gert Prior is teaching the seventh grade in Am- 
herst this winter. 

Janet Bruce Bailey has a daughter, Anne Taylor, 
born June 2. She has moved back to Ho-Ho-Kus, 
New Jersey, where her address is 18 Glendon 

Peg Harding Kelly has a daughter born last 

Sally McKee Stranger has a son born in July. 

Helen Smith Miller and her husband went to 
Europe this summer. They sailed on the Queen 

Hallie Gubelman has returned to Tombstone for 
the winter. 


Class Secretary, Mary Macdonald, 1503 Dun- 
can Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Well, girls, we have a real, genuine celebrity 
among us. Little Betty McCrady has become a 
public character — of the better sort. She has 
gone and got herself into headlines that run all 
the way across the page. And magazines refer to 
her as "Authoress McCrady." It's all because of 
those books for children that Betty has written. 
There are eight of them, sold together in a box, 
under the name "Children of Foreign Lands Li- 
brary," and from all reports they are panicing the 
younger set. There is quite a success story lead- 
ing up to all this. Betty sent a story to a chil- 
dren's magazine. A book publisher read it to his 
child, who immediate'y howled for more. Result: 
publisher commissioned Betty to write eight stories 

for him. The mountain coming to Mahomet, what? 
Betty intends to keep on writing, but predicts that 
she will "fade into oblivion and be a modest house- 
wife." This brings us to the climax of our smash- 
ing story. The ubiquitous Miss McCrady has an- 
nounced her engagement to Robert Conrad Bard- 
well, of Richmond. Mr. Bardwell is in business in 
Pittsburgh. He does not speak with a Southern 
accent, which Betty says is a terrific disappoint- 
ment to the natives of Pittsburgh. Betty rates con- 
gratulations and felicitations all around. The rest 
of us can now go about saying we knew her when. 
Betty visited in Richmond this summer, and also 
spent some time on her grandmother's farm near 
Erie, where she entertained Emilie Jasperson Bay- 
ha and her husband. 

Had a card from Sproul this summer. She had 
been to the Dublin Horse Show, and was, when 
she wrote, in Scotland. She was planning to go to 
Cambridge to visit Polly Swift's sister, and then 
come on home to teach riding at Stuart Hall. 
Sproul said she viewed the Irish hunting countiy 
and found it "villainous." She didn't say whether 
the Dublin Show c^me up to the Amherst County 
or 'he Sweet Briar May Day Horse Show. 

Mary Huntington Harrison, bless her, is the 
source of the following items. Marv went to 
Rome, New York, this summer for a visit. Mar- 
tindale and her husband breezed in, paid her a 
visit and pushed on to Canada. Kay Graham 
Seiter went to Duluth for a visit to her old home 
place but neglected to tell Mary any news of the 
other Duluthians. Mary reports the marriage of 
Eunice Watters to Richard Waldron Coolbaugh, 
on June 20, at Chozy, New York. Eunice teaches 
and her husband writes and together they raise 
fox terriers who play the piano. If any of you are 
interested in musical dogs, here's your chance. A 
hurried postscript to Mary's letter says Lib Mar- 
ston has a baby. Congratulations, Lib, send us a 

Mary wants a notice inserted here that will 
touch Nelson's heart and make her write to her. 
So this is it, and who says it isn't touching? 

That rugged individual, Miss Gwen Olcott, is 
now busy organizing the young republican women 
of Nyack into a Society For the Preservation of 
the Horse and Buggy. In the interest of harmony, 
and with admirable restraint, this department re- 
frains from comment. 

A card from Mary Walker, at a Maryland beach, 
said she got there just in time for the hurricane 
and she wished I were there. A doubtful compli- 
ment, if it's the hurricane I read about. 

The May Quesn will soon make her autumnal 
pilgrimage to Jonesboro and this time will take in 
the Smoky Mountains and Chattanooga. And 
high time it is, too. Ruth's sister was in Detroit 
this summer and saw Lindsay and Serena and 
their daughters. She says that Miss Woodroofe 
and Miss Henry are babies of outstanding beauty 
and charm. Serena and Tom visited Ruth and 
John last summer. At present the Henrys are 
building a house in Detroit, as are the Stubbs 
(Jo Dusenberg Reid to you), only the Stubbs 
are building theirs in Kansas City. 

My own summer touring adds up to nothing as 
far as this column is concerned. I have always 

October, 1936 

Alumnae News 


though) that \ irginia Beach «as populated ex- 
clusivel) li> the graduates of Sweet Briar, but 
apparently 1 didn't go to am of the right places, 
as I saw no one 1 had ever seen before. 

In our next number will !"■ published the re- 
sults of the conversations 1 expect to hold with the 
May Queen in October and ol course no one who 
k. ps up with the trend of :lie times will want to 
miss so informative an issue, 


Mercer Jackson We'lfonl has moved to Rio de 
Janeiro, where her husband lias been sent with the 
dii Pont Company. 

Mcrr\ Curtis lias announced her engagement to 
Mr. Rule Henry Loving, of Lovingston, Virginia. 
The wedding will lake place November 7th. 

Class Secretary. Martha von Briesen, 4435 
North Stowell Avcnu '. Milwaukee. Wisconsin. 

Dear Fellow Old-Grads: Tliat"s what we've be- 
come, you know, since we've passed our Fifth Re- 
union milestone In case you had hoped for a new 
class secretary now that the first five-year plan has 
come to an end, you might just as well bear your 
disappointment bravely because il looks as though 
you'll have to put up with me somewhat longer. 

Judging by the lack of letters received, nothing 
very exciting seems to have come into any of your 
lives during the summer, so I'll have to begin with 
a little cold-toast news about what happened in 
June. To begin with. I can't tell any of you who 
have never been back what fun it really is: much 
more fun than I had dared 'o hope. Jean Ploehn. 
Ann Baker. "35. and I drove down to the Briar to- 
gether, going by way of the lovely Skyline Drive 
between Luray arid Swift Run Gap, on the summit 
of the Blue Ridge. As we neared the Cabin we 
saw three girls going into the Inn, and, feelinc 
very ancient. Jean said. "Look at those children!" 
The children turned out to be Fanny. Marg Lee, 
and Bid Maner \ ose! We didn't go to the garden 
party, because it was too hot to hurry into a gar- 
den-party dress, (everyone has gone much dressier 
since June. 1931, we decided, and we heard later 
thai the food was elegant. Miss Glass having taken 
over that affair entirely I. but by supper time we 
were refreshed and clean, and we romped over to 
the refectory to dine with Mac Macdonald. West- 
cott, and Bess Lowrance, '28. 

Jean and I shared a corner room on the second 
floor of Reid, and we were both impressed and 
delighted when Mary, who used to clean our rooms 
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boxwood gardens, to see the senior play. Still 
later about twelve of us '31ers gathered in Mary- 
Leigh Seaton's and Ginny Keyset's room to chin 
... it was sort of like the first day at college. 
with people arriving in a steady stream, and 
groups gathering in rooms to converse for hours. 

Breakfast in Reid dining room the next morn- 
ing was a gay event, with rapid chatter accom- 
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Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

you who recall with honor the din and clatter of 
Reid dining room when we were freshmen, let me 
say that the ceiling has been covered with a sound- 
proofing material, and drapes at the windows help 
to deaden the noises. I have no specific memories 
about that morning, but most of us sort of drifted 
from place to place, just gumming. Song practice 
and final step-singing took up most of the after- 
noon. At the latter event we joined lustily in the 
"Alumnae'll come rolling along" number, and we 
revived our old favorite, "If there were witch- 
craft,'' with Martha Tillery directing us as of yore. 

The high point for our class, of course, was the 
supper at Mrs. Wills' that evening. We gathered 
out in the garden for our chicken salad plate, 24 
members of our class, Mme. Johnson, and the 
super-cargoes, Eleanor Franke and Betsy Hun 
McAllen, who were the only members of their 
class on hand and wanted to play with us cute 
girls. My heart goes out to Franke and Betsy, 
who not only paid for their suppers, but even 
antied up the additional quarter the others decided 
to contribute so that I could go on sending you my 
tripy postals for another year or two. I'm all for 
making them honorary members of our class! 

A violent storm sent us all hastening indoors, 
and we had our dessert in the living room, where 
we sat on every available inch of space on the fur- 
niture and on the floor. After supper I went 
through my files, giving the married name and 
family status of those that have any and everyone 
joined in supplying any small bits of news about 
each of you in turn. We were all greatly shocked, 
as you will be, to learn that Tee Kelly Mason's 
husband died very suddenly this spring. 

While the scrap-book was passed around amid 
much gayety, Marg Lee Thompson and I tabulated 
the vital statistics, as follows: out of 69 graduates, 
42 were married at the end of five years, and two 
of these are widows. Thus far, Trudy Lewis Ma- 
gavem is the only mother of three, although Tillie 
Jones Shillington and Martha McBroom Shipman 
each have two children. I can't give you the exact 
number of babies whose mothers were graduated 
in our class because many of the busy matrons 
neglect to inform me of those events, but I know 
that the total is at least 22. Singularly domestic, 
most of you seem to be! Nobody seems to have 
started any world conflagrations as yet, and intel- 
lectual pursuits, active ones, I mean, seem to he 
very few and far between. But those of us who 
were back kept looking at each other in amaze- 
ment and saying, rather stupidly, "We all look 
almost unchanged since graduation, don't we?" 
Bobbed hair, much more in evidence than when 
we were undergraduates, does help to give a more 
youthful appearance, you know! 

I can't go on telling you in detail about everyone 
and everything, but you may know that we sat in 
the dell, tried out the new soda fountain and ter- 
race at the Inn, went swimming in that red, red 
lake, bemoaned the lack of rain which had turned 
Sweet Briar's June verdure into late-summer 
brown, stayed up the better part of every night, 
and had ourselves a time, in genera] ! Meta did 
us proud as toastmistress at the banquet, and had 
the honor of presenting the beautiful silver punch 
bowl to Miss Glass in honor of her tenth year as 

president of Sweet Briar. To Ella Williams goes 
the credit for planning and arranging the lovely 
floral table decorations for the affair, and Nancy 
Worthington made the arrangements for the sup- 
per in Amherst. 

I remember a few of the news items I heard at 
Sweet Briar, so here goes: Marge Webb Gilbert 
was planning to spend the summer in Europe; 
Jane Muhlberg Halverstadt went to Atlanta late in 
May to have her year-old son, Albert N., Jr., chris- 
tened ; Split Clark received her M.A. from Colum- 
bia just before coming to our reunion ; Bid Maner 
Vose has moved to Washington, where her hus- 
band has a government position; Nat Roberts was 
chosen as class agent for the Alumnae Fund, to 
replace Mary Frances Westcott, who resigned. 

Now I can turn to other things. News has just 
picked up, thanks to a letter from Nancy Worth- 
ington. Nancy visited me for a week in August, 
during which time we went to Madison and spent 
a day with Patty Mason Stedman, ex-'32. The fol- 
lowing day we went on to Rockford, where we had 
a small reunion with Jean Countryman, which was 
fun. I could only stay a day, but Nancy remained 
several days and then went on to Cleveland, where 
she was Ginny Cooke's guest for several days. 
Jean Ploehn and I, by the way, stopped in Cleve- 
land on our way home and spent a couple of brief 
hours with Ginny. She and Nancy saw Sally 
Perry a couple of times, once when they were 
Sally's guests for dinner at her very attractive 
apartment. It seems Sally was ill this spring, but 
now she's back on the job, still enthusiastic about 
her work Blanche Davies, '33, was in on some of 
the doings too; she does the same sort of social 
work as Sally and Ginny. 

Well, it looks as though the number of married 
members of the class is still growing. Nancy 
writes that Ella Williams' wedding, which took 
place on September 5 at Poolesville, Maryland, 
was lovely. Ella's husband, Joseph Everette Fau- 
ber, Jr., is an architect, in business with Martha 
Lee Poston's husband in Lynchburg, and the young 
Faubers are building a home right near Lucy Har- 
rison Miller Baber's new one. 

Ginny Cooke apparently intends to join that 
large group of our classmates too, before so very 
long. She is wearing an engagement ring these 
days, which Nancy reports is lovely, and the ring's 
donor is Dr. Frederick Rea, a graduate of Corne'l, 
who has been Ginny's beau for many years. Fritz 
is pursuing his medical specialty, pediatrics, in 
Cleveland these days. 

'Way back in May I had a note from Martha 
McBroom Shipman, enclosing thre? very sweet 
pictures of her three-year-old son, Shippy, Jr., 
helping his mother take care of his thres-weeks- 
old sister, Martha Jane, who arrived early in May 
and prevented her mother from coming to the 
Fifth. You all should have seen how they dressed 
up a page of that scrap-book, though ! Marty re- 
ported that Stewartie and Joe Clegg were planning 
to go to Virginia so that Mary Stewart could at- 
tend the reunion, but at the last minute their 
daughter, Carolyn, had to have her tonsils out, so 
their trip was off. Beth Conover Grattan was an- 
other who was scheduled to come, but didn't. She 
was just recuperating from an appendectomy. 

October. 1936 

Alumnae News 


Charlotte Kent Pinckney was also unable to come 
as she had planned, because she couldn't find any- 
one to take care of her young daughter. 

I had occasion to correspond a bit with Naomi 
Doty Stead, ex- '31, in July, about getting a Sweet 
Briar girl to work in Marshall Fields' College 
Shop. Naomi is living north of Chicago, and has 
a 17-months-old daughter. Naomi Elizabeth. Some- 
one brought a newspaper picture of the two Naomis 
to the reunion, and it now graces half a page in 
the scrapbook. Naomi visited in Cleveland, her 
Former home, in early summer, and saw Rena 
Tyroler Fisher there. Rena was on her way to 
Corinth, New York, where she was to be head of 
riding and canoeing at a girls" camp. They heard 
that Ruth Graham. ex-"31, was engaged in social 
work in Warren, Pennsylvania. It's gratifying to 
hear from someone wdio has been "lost" as long 
as Naomi has been, and I wish more of my non- 
correspondents would follow suit. 

I heard, by the way, that Jane Bikle's engage- 
ment was announced in the Washington papers 
this summer. Won't someone send me details, 
please? At the reunion I heard too that Peg Fry 
Williams has a daughter, and now lives in Pitts- 
burgh ; that Mary Henderson Averill has a daugh- 
ter; that Milly McCreary Driver has an infant. 

Peg Hurd Burbank. ex-'31, and her husband 
spent three weeks at Brainerd, in Minnesota's north 
woods, during the summer, and somewhere or 
other she saw Betty Goff Newhall, ex-'31, whose 
little boy is now two and a half years old. Hellie 
Sim spent the month of July at Seagirt, New Jer- 
sey, with her family, and was lucky enough to 
catch numerous glimpses of the Hindenburg as it 
made its way to and from Lakehurst. Quinnie 
Bond and her husband moved on August 1 from 
Newtonville to Newton Centre, into what sounds 
like a very attractive house. She spent some week- 
ends with her mother in Stamford, and the end of 
September she and Eddie planned to go to Toledo 
for a two weeks' visit with his sister and her 

This ought to bold you until December! 


Class Secretary, Dorothy Smith Berkeley 
(Mrs. Edmund), 309 Lock Lane, Windsor Farms, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Marjorie Louise Ward was married to George 
H. Cross, Jr., September 18, 1936. 

Sally Shallenberger Brown has a son, William 
Lee Lyons Brown, Jr., born August 22, 1936. 

Jane White Burton has a baby girl, Jane Isabel, 
born September 11, 1936. 

Constance Fowler was married to Walter Burton 
Keeble, August 15, 1936. 

Alice Elizabeth Weymouth was married to 
Frank Post McCord, June 20, 1936. 

Jane Harmon Hays was married to Richard F. 
Dowder, June 6, 1936. 


Class Secretary, (To be announced). In the 
meantime, send your news items to the Alumnae 

Charlotte Bradley Tamblyn was married to 
Nathan Albert Tufts, Jr., September 5, 1936. 

Elizabeth Fowler for several years has held the 
position of secretary to the treasurer of Brooks 
Brothers, New York City. 

Emma Hills was married to John Chandler Mel- 
ville, July 24, 1936. 

Nevil Crute is a medical technologist at Noburn 
Hospital, Asheville, North Carolina. 

Mary Rose Taylor was married to Dr. Severt A. 
Anderson. Jr., in July, 1936. 

Marjorie Jones returned in September from 
Europe where she has been traveling since July. 

Frances Neville Newberry and her husband 
spent the summer partly with Frances's parents 
at their home in St. Petersburg, Florida, and part- 
ly with other relatives at Charleston, West Vir- 

Blanche Davies has a position as case worker 
with the public agency of the Cuyahoga County 
Relief Administration in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Marjorie Gubelman is spending the winter at 
Asheville, North Carolina. 

Grace Langeler is to be married in November to 
Mr. Vess E. Irvine. 

Betty Fowler has announced her engagement to 
Mr. Howard P. Skinner of Kew Gardens. The 
wedding will take place late this fall. 


Class Secretary, Marjorie Lasar Hurd (Mrs. 
E. R., Jr.), 5929 McPherson Avenue, St. Louis, 

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Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

Dear Friends : Now I know how the student gov- 
ernment presidents felt when they couldn't get a 
quorum at the elections, and how the long-suffer- 
ing song leaders felt at the sparsely populated 
song practices (this is, of course, confined solely 
to the Class of '34). Well, the point is that 1 sent 
out seventy-one cards and I received the grand 
total of fifteen replies. Now, my friends, my time 
is not what you'd call priceless, but I am not a 
Lady of Leisure, and my spirit is sorely taxed. 
There are some of you who have never answered 
one of the cards, and from you I shall turn away, 
and to you I shall write no more. I hope the bitter 
sting involved in being excluded from this merry 
group will shame you into sending me a penny 
postal card in the swe:t bye and bye. Now that I 
have delivered myself of that stirring little speech, 
here it is. 


Mitzi Hanifen Freed's young son, Edward Don- 
ald, was born June twenty-third. She writes rap- 
turous accounts of him and sent us a picture of 
him ... a pretty healthy specimen, I'd say. Mitzi 
said that she saw Betty Suttle and McCallum in 
Philadelphia when she heard '"Martha" in the 
Dell; also said that Jeanne Harmon Weisberger 
came to visit her. 

Mary Pringle has opened a nursery school of 
her own ; good luck and a strong constitution. 
Mary. Margaret Ross is still working; she and 
Emily Marsh spent a week-end with Dot Barnum 

Julie is still living in Chicago, but has a new 
address, it is 1717 East 68th Street. I saw her 
when I was there in August and married life seems 
to agree with her. Jean is still working and says 
that she sees McCallum from time to time. Deb- 
bie has moved into her new home in Hampton, 

New Hampshire, and is charmed with the rural 
life; she is planning to take some courses at the 
University of New Hampshire in horticulture. She 
said if she were going to have a garden, she might 
as well have a good one. 

Dot Andrews was at camp all summer with Han- 
son. She is going to Florida for the winter, and 
she and her sister are going to start a kennels 
raising cocker spaniels and scotties. Jill is work- 
ing at the Worcester State Hospital. Hanson was 
married the nineteenth of September to William 
Bamford, so naturally I didn't hear from her. 
Their wedding trip is taking them first to Canada, 
then to Bar Harbor, Boston and New York. Elite 
Alcott is going to visit Nancy Russell Carter for 
a week-end then plans to take a two-year training 
course at Western Reserve in school service, and 
work at the Children's Bureau at the same time. 
She also plans to go to Hanson's wedding. 

Spiller is off to Columbia for a year to take 
some work in the mysteries of library-keeping. 
Her address will be Johnson Hall, 411 West 116th 

Bonnie Wood worked in Philadelphia through 
June, then did some work for Mrs. Lill in July at 
Sweet Briar. Went to Cape May and New York 
in August. She and Peggy Carry were living in 
Miss Staael's cottage on campus for a while. She 
also saw Shower and Midge Silvester when she 
was in New York; is now recovering from a tonsil 

Mary Walton McCandlish went to a series of 
Democratic Conventions this summer, both local 
and national. She is treasurer of the Business and 
Professional Women's Club of Fairfax and also of 
the Fairfax County Chamber of Congress. She is 
also hankering to go to London and is waiting 
hopefully for an angel. 

Alice Estill went to Banff and Lake Louise with 
her grandmother, and they sailed from there to 
Japan ; on her way back she will stop in Honolulu 
for a couple of weeks and will be back in Miami 
in time for the November Junior League Board 

Sis Franklin Means is stationed at Fort Ben- 
ning, Georgia, after having visited in Detroit, 
Chattanooga, and St. Louis. Rosemary Frey spent 
the summer gardening and riding; Miss Beard 
stopped off in Cincinnati and visited her. 

We have two engagements in the class: Dot 
Turno is engaged to N. P. Gardner, Jr., of Maple- 
wood. She just came back from a West Indies 
cruise. Frances Darden announced her engage- 
ment to Jack Musick, formerly of St. Louis, now 
living in Chicago. They will be married in Octo- 
ber and will live in Evanston, Illinois. 

Can anyone tell me where Jackie Bond is? I 
sent her a card and it was returned to me because 
of the wrong address. 

Tacky is barely on speaking terms with me these 
days; I tell her periodically that I am coming to 
Springfield and then never appear . You can see 
how that would be very tiresome for her. 

I guess that covers the situation. I am recover- 
ing from the hottest summer St. Louis has had in 
ninety-nine years (they didn't keep weather rec- 
ords before that). Please write to me when I 

October. 1936 

Alumnae News 


send out the cards in November. Meanwhile. 
yours for a happy St. Swithin's Day with all the 

As ever, 


P. S. — Tooky Lawrence White had a baby 
daughter born in August; her name is Mary Carol. 

Marguerite Stephens. ex-'34. was married to 
Robert Roe Sheridan, September 12. 1936. 

Margaret Beaver, ex-"34, was married to Alex- 
ander List, June 6, 1936. 

Delia Ann Taylor is going to teach mathematics 
at Kansas University while she works on her Ph.D. 

Tinker Strauss was married last summer to Mr. 
Solmssen, who has visited at Sweet Briar. Their 
address is Zurich 8, Hornbachstr. 54. In a recent 
letter to Miss Glass Tinker wrote, "The other day 
my husband and I were driving in the mountains 
and we both at the same time said, "Doesn't this 
look like the Blue Ridge Mountains?' I am so 
glad that he has been at Sweet Briar, so that he 
knows the place I love so very much." 

Martha Lou Lemmon is spending the winter at 
Cornell where she hopes to complete work for her 
Ph.D. in psychology this year. She represented 
Sweet Briar at the inauguration of the new Presi- 
dent of Hobart College and William Smith College 
on October 2nd. She writes, "I had a fine time 
strolling around with 35 College Presidents, 13 
Supreme Court Judges and 7 Bishops." 

Gail Donohue has received a scholarship for a 
year's study at the University of Western Ontario 
at London, Ontario, Canada. She is studying to- 

ward her Master's Degree, continuing to major in 

Estelle Ferris was married on August 27th to 
Mr. Stanley Marsh, Jr., and has moved to New 
York City to live. 

Rebekah Strode was married on September 19th 
to Mr. St. George Tucker Lee. 

Marion Oliver was marrried on October 10th to 
Mr. Walter Douglas Cooley. 

Patricia Holcomh is working toward her Mas- 
ter's in French at Teachers' College, Columbia 


Class Secretary, Sallie Flint, 1108 West Ar- 
mory Avenue, Champagne, Illinois. 

Dear Classmates: Hate to start this out with an 
apology but I'm afraid there's no help for it — I 
haven't done right by you this time. The summer 
sort of got out of control and when I finally did 
manage to pull myself together, it was too late to 
send out those snappy little questionnaires you 
have been receiving off and on. "Oh well," I 
comforted myself, "that's 0. K. — I'll give every- 
body a chance to get going on whatever they are 
going to be doing this winter and then Til up and 
at 'em again." So please don't shake a cynical 
head and mutter — "The girl's through — burned 
out after one year — such a brilliant start, too — 
too bad." r*ear with me this once — the spark of 
genius is not extinguished, my friends, merely 
awfully, awfully slow. 

What kind of a summer did you all have? 
(This would seem to be padding, wouldn't it?) 
Had a grand one myself — most of the time on our 


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Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

island in northern Vermont. Took a ten-day trip 
around the Gaspe, read Anthony Adverse, learned 
to knit, let my eyebrows grow, broke my engage- 
ment. I've been trying to get Becky Marriner to 
visit me ever since Freshman year — really thought 
I had it fixed this summer for I got her to name 
the date she was arriving. At the zero hour, when 
I was going round and round my little island, a 
wire arrived — "Nature calls me — going to hospital 
in Newport News." Can't find out yet what the 
trouble is. . 

Want to thank those of you who drop me cards 
about your activities — sounds like a swell visit 
from Tip and Judy, B'andina — by the way, Dina, 
what's this about a new Romantic Interest? Some- 
one here I know knows you . . . better come across. 
Marie's cruise along the West Coast of South 
America sounded mishty fine. Woolly writes that 
she and her brother Jack are traveling in England 
and Scotland, taking in Paris and Belguim at the 
same time. Why don't the rest of you get the post 
card habit? Or better still, write a real letter as 
Anne Baker did — the trip to Europe sounds all 
right, Anne. 

At first, I thought I'd try and do a graduation 
number — write it up for those of you who didn't 
get there. I didn't get there myself so I wrote 
around for information. (Thank you, Anne, thank 
you, Jackie.) It was evidently a great success — 
25 of the class got back — they all stayed in Reid — 
the Dell and the Inn were well patronized — Dot 
made a spectacular last minute arrival at the 
Alumnae Banquet — Jackie writes that Lida met 
her at the night train from New York in curlers 
and nighty — I want to quote from Jackie's letter 
for she has put into words what I know we all feel 
but cannot express: 

"I intend to go back every possible chance. I'll 
probably feel more strange every year, but it does 
something to you to be in the surroundings in 
which you've spent four glorious years. Sweet 
Briar is growing. I saw many changes even after 
a year's absence and I want to be on hand to note 
subsequent progress. I don't care how much the 
school changes. We all have a part of it in our 
lives that we can't do without." 

Isn't that a beautiful tribute? I may be a "rank 
sentimentalist" but I like it. So I won't say any 
more but let it go at that. 

As ever, 

Sallie Flint. 

P. S. — Was so surprised the other day — the 
phone rang and it was Allyn Capron on her way 
back home from a trip to San Antonio, visiting 
en route. 

Everything comes to him who waits! The Gods 
were good to this Winchell sinner and dropped 
this very meaty morsel right in my lap after I 
had sent off the pitiful little report I compiled 
yesterday. It concerns one Marion Walker 
Alcaro. late of '35 S. B. C. I have it all straight 
from her although it sounds almost too good. The 
events came off as follows: Marion left for Flor- 
ence, Italy, to visit friends last September 10th. 
On board ship she met one Joseph Anthony Alcaro 
whom she married in Naples October 10th. Mar- 

ion's husband is an American, she says, from 
Newark, New Jersey, graduate of the University 
of Wisconsin, student of medicine at the Univer- 
sity of Rome. They spent the winter in Rome, 
Christmas on the French Riviera, week-ends trav- 
eling in Italy. Marion came home in June as her 
modier was very ill. However, she has recovered 
and Marion is busy counting the days "until the 
arrival of my husband, who will finish his final 
exams and get his degree the end of next month." 
The very best of luck, happiness anl congratula- 
tions, Marion, from us all. 

Ruth Kaufman, ex-'35, was married to J. C. 
Davis at the summer home of her parents near 
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, early in the summer. 

Barbara Miller, ex-'35, is assistant society editor 
of the Milwaukee Sentinel. 

Margaret Glover was married to Hal Bradley 
Paddock, September 3. 

Becky Young will act as Research Assistant to 
Professor Belle Boone Beard at Sweet Briar this 

Jane Mitchell is one of 21 students enrolled in 
the Research Bureau for Retail Training of the 
University of Pittsburgh. 

Frances Morrison has a position in the Social 
Service Department in an Indianapolis hospital. 

Elizabeth Klinedinst has a position in the Jun- 
ior High School Library at Bradford, Pennsyl- 

Eleanor Elliott has been awarded a scholarship- 
ship from the Children's Center in Detroit. This 
will give her an opportunity to obtain an M.A. in 
Child Psychiatry next June. She is working and 
studying under Dr. Maud Watson. Her work is 
being done at 'he Graduate School of Wayne Uni- 
versity in Detroit. 


Class Secretary, Alice Van Y. Benet, 808 
Pickins Street, Columbia, South Carolina. 

To the Class of 1936 : All summer long answers 
to my letters have been pouring in, and I believe 
that in any of the earth's four corners you'd meet 
a member of the class! Travel seems to be our 
chief pastime, and it has taken us far. This sum- 
mer Nancy Braswell and I went down to Mexico 
on a Grace Line ship — that means that we went to 
South America and through the Canal and up the 
west coast before we ever got off in Mexico — and 
despite the fact that our Spanish is unintelligible, 
we saw everything there was to see. We sailed the 
fifteenth of August, and I came home somewhat 
laden with all sorts of gadgets, but Nancy took 
the prize: she was a walking perfume counter, no 
less! We got home September 11, and while I'm 
on the subject, you'd better ask us to a party so 
we can air out our Spanish toast! Nancy is going 
to spend the winter, she says, telling everybody 
about Mexico, and then when nobody else will 
listen, she is thinking of art school somewhere in 

Mary Poindexter Willingham didn't have much 
to say, but she seems very busy keeping one 
Eleanor Lee Willingham on the straight and nar- 
row path. The young lady will be two in March, 
and the straight and narrow is really quite a prob- 
lem for her just yet! 

October. 1936 

Alumnae News 


Chickie Gregorj is going to study dietetics this 
winter in the graduate school at Columbia Univer- 
sity, and she writes that she's seen several S. B. 
ladies this summer. Margaret Robertson Dens-. 
more, she says, has been helping friend husband 
with his camp job in Princeton, Massachusetts, 
this summer. 

Phoebe Pierson is in the College Simp at Lord 
and Taylor's, and Sunny Sim is modelling at 
Macy's. Pinkie has gone in for being a photogra- 
pher's model, and by the way, did you notice that 
Pinkie and Chloe crashed the August 15th Vogue? 
Sunny says she's been modelling night gowns in 
air-cooled Macy's — not much change from last 
winter on third floor Gray, is it, Sunny? Sunny 
says that Adele Bowman went on a North Cape 
cruise this summer, and we can't help hopin she 
didn't lose her passport on that ship between some- 
where and somewhere like Logan did last year! 

Peg Campbell flew east this summer to visit Peg 
Lloyd, and reports that Belty Cocke still seems so 
excited over the approaching wedding that she's 
practically speechless. The engagement was an- 
nounced on September 6, and Betty will be mar- 
ried to Peyton B. Winfree, Jr., of Lynchburg, on 
November 25. Peyton is a newspaper reporter, 
and a graduate of Washington and Lee. where he 
was a Kappa Sigma. They'll live somewhere in 
Lynchburg, but the address isn't known just yet. 
Peg Campbell further reports that June Lillygren 
is running a parking lot for babies, the kind where 
she collects them in the morning and returns them 
at noon, and not only is she happy at it, hut rapid- 
ly becoming one of our wealthier citizens! Of 
herself. Peg wrote that she'd been around and 
about — Mackinac Island and other places — be- 
fore she settles down to get a master's in medical 
technology. The place of study is still indefinite, 
and she's playing golf to help her make up her 

Cabby Mitchell, having announced her engage- 
ment on June 9, became Mrs. Kent Ravenscroft on 
September 9, and is living at 5603 Kingsbury 
Court. St. Louis, Missouri. Her husband is a 
Yale-Harvard Business School advertising man, 
and his Yale frat was Beta. Dina Newby. Nookie 
Hardesty, and Polly Brown were in Cabby's wed- 
ding party, and the pride of Denver has come east. 
I somehow thought she would, sooner or later! 

Ruth Gilliam will not only be teaching this 
winter, she's going to be the principal of the 
school at Tyreeanna. near Lynchburg. The teach- 
ing part will involve the sixth and seventh grades, 
and the principal side of it, the whole school, 
which comes under the head of a large order, I 

Mary Virginia Camp writes that her winter will 
be spent accepting any invitations that appear to 
be interesting, and that she never wants to go to 
school again anywhere! Betty Muggleton has 
visited Ginny Rutty two or three times, and is 
hoping to find a job .in New York this winter 
doing comparative shopping. If the job isn't to be 
found, she's going to repeat last year's winter in 
Florida. And the great Denton, our little Ada, 
will seek the elusive bacteria some more, this time 
in the post graduate division of the New York City 

Hospital. She s|pch| the summer out on Long 
Island, which I am beginning to realize is quite 
a large place! 

Betty Hoff was married on June 20 to John 
Harold Way, Jr., an accountant who is a former 
Delta Chi at the University of Pennsylvania. 
They're living in Narherth, Pennsylvania, Betty 
says that she's sold two or three portraits, and 
hopes to keep up the good work. She transferred 
to Wellesley after she left Sweet Briar, but the 
art game promised more than an A.B., so she had 
studied art for about a year before she was mar- 

Katie Niles, the other class-slave, announced 
her engagement to Franklin Peabody Parker, Jr., 
(M. I. T., '36, Sigma Chi), on September 19. She 
says the wedding date hasn't been set, and that 
Frankie is being a really good engineer, in fact, 
better than she had hoped! 

Peg Huxley will, by the time this magazine 
comes out, be Mrs. Carl E. Range. Her letter was 
one of the most gossippy that I had. She says 
that Gwen Pratt covered herself with glory at 
Welleslev's graduation this year, and that Cecile 
Porter, while she lives in Memphis, has been up in 
Milwaukee this summer. Mary V. Wilson went to 
Manila and Japan last winter, and Margaret 
Mencke is doing secretarial work in Philadelphia. 
Deedy Carney has been at the University of Min- 
nesota, and on the third of October, she became 
Mrs. John Hoopes McCarthy. Peg said that Betty 
Fesser Macleay and Don and the baby went to 
Colorado this summer, and that Kay Broughton 
has been at Duke since she left Sweet Briar. 

Elaine Rushmore graduated in June from Mount 
Holyoke, where she majored in history, and served 
on the class executive council. Her plan for the 
future sounds wonderful — she's to be with a pri- 
vate press, "The Golden Hind," at home! Dodie 
Burrill is going to Katherine Gibbs to master the 
devices known to secretaries, and this summmer 
she saw Katie Niles in West Falmouth on the 
Cape. Betty Voigt will be at Katie Gibb's too, 
after getting her degree last June from the Univer- 
sity of Wisconsin. La Donohue writes that she 
spent the summer at the family cottage at Elkhart, 
and that aside from a proposed trip east, her plans 
are indefinite. 

Edith Shackleford became Mrs. Karl L. Eddy 
on September 5 after she had graduated from 
Skidmore. Her husband is an electrical engineer, 
and Edith plans to continue her secretarial career 
begun at Saratoga-Eastman Business School now 
that she's married. 

Jane Shelton writes that she and Chloe visited 
each other this summer, and that Chloe is still 
pondering the winter-in-New-York question. And 
that she, Shelton, is rushing about doing social 
things in Chattanooga with Lida Read Voigt. At 
the Cotton Ball, Jane was one of the maids of 
honor — I think it's "was,"' but I'm not sure; may- 
be it's will be a maid, but anyhow you get the 

Pinkerton has cut her hair! 

And now we <?o English! Anne Farr was mar- 
ried on June 25 to John Mackintosh Foot, an 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

Oxford man, and she's living at Tall End, Torland 
Road, Hartley, Plymouth, England. Husband is 
a lawyer, and Anne must think in terms of tea, 
toast, and jam, and cheerio, M'lady! 

There's nothing half way about us. Since we've 
been English, we may as well be oriental for a 
while. Connie Warner, after going to George 
Washington University, left the states in February, 
went down through the Canal to California and 
Honolulu, where she visited friends of the family. 
And now she's living in Tokyo, where she says 
she is working in St. Luke's International Medical 
Center and generally doing the social functions up 
brown. And please goodness, the other day she 
ran into Corinne Fentriss, who was in the hospital 
for a typhoid shot before going on to China on her 
way around the world! Connie wrote, too, that 
Lyle Glass is doing graduate work in social science 
at the University of Chicago, and loving it! 
There's a trip into China ahead for Connie, and 
she plans to sail for home around the end of No- 
vember, looking around at the U. S., but making 
Washington in time for Christmas. She plans to 
be at that memorable occasion, the First Reunion, 
June, 1937. 

Odile Cozette seems to like our American educa- 
tional institutions, and next year will find her 
whacking out a master's at Mount Holyoke. She's 
been in France all summer, and says she's "sorry" 
about the engagement and marriage questions! 

The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts caught 
Frances Meeks after she left Sweet Briar, and 
she's been busy with interior decorating and de- 
signing since she's been there. And Logan, the 
Phinizy girl, will deb in October and be our little 

social rosebud. Would I were a bud again, but I 
am withered on the stalk, I fear, I fear! 

Polly Rich said that she and Orissa Holden 
might drive to Chicago during September, and 
they're both going to spend the winter at home, 
for a change. Willietta Thompson, Orissa, Polly, 
Marylina Stokes, and Midge Silvester saw Mark 
Powell off for her year in France. I am shame- 
faced and apologetic, but I lost a lovely long 
letter from Mark, and unfortunately, her address 
with it. Will soznebody come to the rescue? All 
I know is that she sailed on the Berengaria, and is 
teaching dancing in the Duncan School of Danc- 
ing in Paris. 

The lovely bride's picture that we claim this 
month is none other than Kay Ferson Barrett as 
she looked on September 3, when she said "I 
do" to Richard W. Barrett. Since her wedding 
Kay has lived at 417 S. Division, Ann Arbor, 
Michigan. Friend husband went to Dartmouth 
where he was a Phi Gam, and is now pursuing 
that jealous and exacting mistress, the Law, at 
University of Michigan. Kay, after she left Sweet 
Briar, was a Theta at Cincinnati U., and she's re- 
transferred to Michigan, whence she will receive 
an A.B. in Education in another semester. She 
wrote that she sees a lot of Ad Merrill, Liz Tom- 
lin, June Stein, Marty Ake, and Anne Thomson 
Smith in Cincinnati. 

Parker Goodwin plans no graduate work, and 
this summer went to Philadelphia and New York 
for a while. There she saw Stumpy and Nancy 
Old, and since then has seen Betty Cocke and 
Margaret Smith who has been visiting the Thom- 
assons in Lynchburg. Smitty's wedding will be 



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October 10. I'tid the engagement I" John R. 
Thomasson of Lynchburg was announced June 13. 
Vuilrey Mien graduated hum Oeorgo Washing- 
ton U. in June, she did a good deal of dramatic 
work, and on July 18. was married to Howard C. 
Gaines, a lawyer who wen: to G. W. and Columbia, 
where he was a Sigma Delia Kapoa. They're liv- 
ing for the time being in the Penn-Harris Hotel, 
Harrisburg. Pennsylvania, and Audrey describes 
her plans for the future as "domestic-scholar"! 
In Washington she saw a lot of Ansley Spalding, 
ex-'37, who also transferred to G. W. 

Lucille Scott Knoke, having married "way back 
in 1933, says that being the oldest married lady of 
the lot gives her permission to advise the rest of 
us. Her son. Winfield Scott Knoke is "so big, and 
walking now!" and is all of fifteen months old. 
Elliott Knoke, the other parent, still teaches at the 
Pingry School in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and they 
live in Green Village, New Jersey. Scottie sees 
lots of the class that come from up around there 
— Pinkie, Chickie, Lib Wall, Mary Sue Westcott, 
Nancy Parsons, etc. 

Marty Harvey Gwinn writes something that is a 
bit alarming. She says that Jimmi^ talks of mov- 
ing Marty and Anne (aged 14 months) to the 
Argentine! The art she's interested in is that of 
"child-raising," and I don't think the Argentine 
sounds like a very healthy place. We'd hate to 
lose her, and we hope James Gwinn changed his 
mind in a hurry! 

Janie Moore Johnson's Cambridge address is 
1558 Massachusetts Avenue, and she'll be there 
another year while Tom finishes Law School. And 
.Mary Kate Crow finished the University of Texas 

ibis year after nolishing off all the available social 
and academic honors! She plans no graduate 
work, but lots of travel here, there, and yonder. 

Belly Cox will finish Syracuse University next 
January, having done lots of extra-curricular 
things like dramatics, French club, and dancing. 
There will be no graduate work ahead for her, 
but a little ditty that sounds like bells. 

Alva Root Bound is living in Lake Forest, Illi- 
nois, these days, and her address is Box 509. And 
George Ann Jackson plays the Junior League 
game, and says life is very swell. She was down 
at school for graduation, and her design for the 
good life agrees with her beautifully! 

Betsy Bowen transferred to the University of 
South Carolina, where she will graduate this next 
year; and has belonged to many campus organiza- 
tions. Study in New York at the City and Country 
School is next on the program for Betsy. June De- 
Frees will graduate from the U. of Pa.'s Art School 
ere long, and then she hopes to set the world off to 
romance by illustrating from magazines and ads. 
I wish I could draw! June says she sees Mary 
Vogdes all the time, but what Mary's up to, she 
didn't say. 

Emily Bowen will finish the University of Cin- 
cinnait as an interior decorator in June, 1937, and 
she sees the Cincinnati crowd a lot. Lois Wolfe 
was married on January 4, 1936, to Hugh Mc- ■ 
Neilly Shwab, Jr., a banker in Louisville, and her 
new address is 2310 Woodbourne Avenue. 

And Stump, dear Stump, has been visiting in 
Baltimore, Clinton, and Buffalo, from which we'd 
surmise that Nancy Parsons has been at home part 
of the summer. Stump says she'll have no traffic 











By December 31, 1936! 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1936 

with graduate work, and her plans are indefinite. 
Muggie Gregory writes that she's after a job — 
what kind she doesn't know, but after Barnard 
and Columbia, she's determined to find some sort 
of job this fall. She saw Ann Scudder and Capel 
Grimes off to Europe in June. They, incidentally, 
have had a wonderful time; both of them will play 
this winter in their respective towns. 

Betty Jane Warren writes that she herself is 
engaged to Martin H. Markworth of Cincinnati, 
and that she graduated from the University of 
Illinois with a commerce major. She also writes 
that Louise Damgard has been a U. of 111. for the 
past two years, and that she was married in Au- 
gust, but she didn't mention Louise's husband's 
name. Betty Jane keeps very busy and is now 
working in Boston, and living at 209 School Street, 
Walpole, Massachusetts. 

Elizabeth Whayne Helm besides holding down 
the Louisville Junior League, keeps track of the 
husband she married in November, 1934, and a 
small daughter, Elizabeth Corathers Helm, who 
will be one year old in Januan'. Anne Thomson 
Smith sti 1 lives in Hartford, West Virginia, where 
Bud is a some'hing or other with a salt corpora- 
tion. Their son Junior is almost a year old. But 
the real news of Anne since we most of us knew 
about the family, is that she sailed for Europe 
July 21! When she's coming back she didn't say. 

Lorraine Leavitt left Sweet Briar for the Univer- 
sity of Wisconsin, where she will receive her A.B. 
next June and later an M.A. in Social Science. 
She reports that Jean Bird, Jean Humphrey, and 
Martha Talley were at Wisconsin last year; but 
other than that I have no news of the thre' of 
them. And last June, our own Jane Marquart, 
whom Wellesley had the honor of graduating with 
high honors, announced her en w agement to Gor- 
don Murphy, ;.t whom we ogled in his U. Va. 
days! No date has be:n set for the weddin nr that 
I know of. 

Fran Baker finished U. Va. this June, and plans 
to do secretarial work there and in Richmond this 
fall. She writes that Syd Mi'lar is still in the cast 
that she's worn since the automobile wreck last 
spring down at Rollins. Nancy Braswell tells me 
that the cast isn't unsightly, but that the hot 
weather made Syd awfully uncomfortable. No- 
vember is the time that finishes the cast off, and 
we hope for your sake, Syd, that November comes 
in a hurry! Fran also writes that Maria Gray 
Valentine is sunning herself at Virginia Beach, 
and that she sports a cast, too, hers dating from 
the wreck that Debs Valentine and Kitty Lorraine 
had last spring when they were hurrying up for 
one of the well-known Virginia Easter Week af- 
fairs, and the only injury was Maria Gray's broken 

Mary Hesson writes that she's going to teach 
this fall in (he Bellevue High School near Lynch- 
burg, and that she'll have to teach Latin and Eng- 
lish. Lucille Cox will be teaching at Pleasant 
View, Virginia, in the high school. 

Sophie Stephens is not getting a fair break! 
Hers was the first letter I had after I wrote you 
all, and here I've put her almost last. Sophie 

finished Chapel Hill this June, and during her two 
last years there she saw something of our other 
Carolina co-ed, Nancy Dicks. And now that she's 
through, she'll be in Asheville, with no definite 
plans. Sophie is one of our queens: The Rhodo- 
dendron Festival of 1935 claimed her! And speak- 
ing of queens, Ruth Robinson was L.S.U.'s May 
Queen, and Mary Kate Crow presided over a fes- 
tival in Texas last spring. Carol Straus has been 
abroad all summer, spending most of the time in 
France. Bette Troy and Marge Griffin swapped 
visits, but have made no winter plans as yet. 
Carrie Marshall Young is just back from a trip 
abroad and will deb, but not formally, in Char- 
lotte, this winter. And last, but not lsast, our 
little Fuzzy writes that she's been visiting around, 
and will be keeping the home-fires burning in 
Asheville this winter. 

Now everybody line up and faint. Your secre- 
tary is the assistant to the Dean of Women of the 
University of South Carolina, and works every day, 
and very hard, too! 

Please write again soon: we've a December 
news report, you know, and you '36's in particular 
who didn't write this time, please let me know 
what you're up to. And Ex's: keep up the good 

Jean Grandeman has announced her engage- 
ment to Mr. Thomas Penny Losee. 
\ours speechlessly after all this . . . 


Alice Benet. 

Marion Leggett was married to Donald Gregg 
Case, Jr., September 19, 1936. 

Elizabeth Tomlin was married September 15 
to Mr. John Berry Jewell, Jr. Her sister, Nida, 
who is a freshman this year was the maid of honor 
and a classmate, Martha Ake, was a bridesmaid. 
The wedding took place in Cincinnati. 

Elizabeth Little is studying at the University 
of Kansas. 


Cornelia Armfield and Lillian Williams are 
studying at Kingsmith in Washington, D. C. 

Eleanor Edenton is studying at the Finch 
School in New York City. Wileyna Upshaw is 
also at the Finch School. 

Dorothy Selbert is taking a kindergarten course 
at the University of Cincinnati. 

Nan Golden is at Katherine Gibbs in New York 

Dorothy Mather is studying at the Conserva- 
tory of Music in Cincinnati. 

Betty Moore and Harriet Daniels are at the 
University of Texas. 

Carolyn Staman is studying at Louisiana State 


Rebecca Wright is at the Geneva College for 

Ann Hutchinson is at the Finch School in New 
York City. 

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A Favorite Corner 


New Lithographs of Familiar Sweet Briar Scenes by Lester B. Miller 

Size — 19x25 (Including mat) 
Price — Single Prints $3.00 — The Pair $5.00 

On Sale — The Alumnae Office 

President Glass says: "Though 1 live in one and see the other daily 1 cannot do without either" 

Miss Wilcox of the Art Department says: "These lithographs, delicately-handled but accurate, present 
the Sweet Briar that we love with the sentiment that no photograph can show." 


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Number 2 

Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridce, '18, Editor 


The McFee Gift 3 

Early American With a French Accent .... 5 

"Soc" and "Ec" In and Out of the Classroom . . 9 

The Cleveland Alumnae Club 13 

Announcements Made on Founders' Day 

The Manson Memorial Alumnae Scholar 14 

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award . 14 

A Bequest From Miss Helen Younc . . 14 

A Wild Life Sanctuary 15 

Excerpts From Dr. Harley's Letters 17 

Exhibits In The Library 18 

Friday Night at Sweet Briar 20 

The More Abundant Life 22 

Of Books No End 23 

Y. W. C. A. Activities 24 

Alumnae Relatives Among New Students .... 25 

Class Personals 26 


Mrs. Herman Wells Coxe 
( Elmyra Pennypacker, "20 ) 

3107 Queen Lane 
Germantown, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. Arthur B. Kline 

(Catherine Cordes, '21) 

4421 Schenley Farms Terrace 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Jeanette Boone, '27 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Geraldine Mallory, '33 

139 East Clinton Avenue 

Tenafly, New Jersey 

Mrs. George F. Tinker 

(Virginia Lee Taylor, '26) 

49 Madison Avenue 

Montclair, New Jersey 

Margaret McVey, "18 
(Honorary Member) 
1417 Grove Avenue 
Richmond, Virginia 

Director oj Alumnae Clubs 

Mrs. Jasper A. Reynolds 
(Mary Macdonald, '30) 

Newell Apartments 
Chattanooga, Tennessee 


Alumnae Member oj the 

Board oj Directors 
Mrs. Charles Burnett 

(Eugenia Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Members oj the 

Board oj Overseers 

Mrs. Kent Balls 

(Elizabeth Franke, T3) 

3406 Lowell Street, N. W. 
Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. William Williamson, Jr. 

(Martha Lee, '25) 

518 Hermitage Road 

Charlotte, North Carolina 


Mrs. Frederick Valentine 

(Elizabeth Taylor, '23) 

5515 Cary Street Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

First Vice-President 

Mrs. Howard Luff 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

2215 Devonshire Drive 

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 

Second Vice-President 

Elizabeth Wall, '36 

1023 Electric Street 

Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Alumnae Secretary 

and Treasurer 
Vivienne Barkalow 

Breckenridge, '18 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairman Alumnae Fund 
Gertrude Prior, '29 

29 Fisher Place 
Trenton, New Jersey 


The McFee Gift 

1 HE GIFT by Henry Lee McFee of one of his well-known paint- 
ings to the college through the Friends of Art of Sweet Briar was an- 
nounced at a convocation on November 20 by Miss Lois Wilcox, 
president of the organization. The painting "Red Clay Country 
of Virginia," has been shown at the Rhen Galleries in New York, 
where Mr. McFee's works are usually exhibited. 

Henry Lee McFee was born in St. Louis. He began his art 
training at the age of twenty-one in Pittsburgh. After one year 
there he moved to Woodstock, New York, and after a short period 
in the summer school of the Arts Students League of New York in 
that town he began his own personal training and in less than four 
years was a recognized exhibitor with the young and revolutionary 
"Moderns." He went through a phase of Cubism which has left 
its imprint upon his work only in the subtly architectural quality 
of his design. To the untrained observer he gives only the poetry 
of nature; but the co-ordination of the forms adds to his canvasses a 
dignity and thoughtfulness, which is more than any mere impression 
of time and place. He is now acknowledged as one of the foremost 
American painters and this note of profundity assures him of a 
permanent place among the important artists of our time. His 
work may be seen at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and is 
included in most of the large art collections throughout the country. 

We are deeply appreciative of Mr. McFee's great generosity in 
giving this painting to Sweet Briar College. He has visited the 
campus several times. During a sojourn at the Inn he painted two 
pictures which are reproduced in the monograph on his work by 
Virgil Barker and published by the Whitney Museum of American 
Art in New York. He spends many of his winters at Bellevue, 
Virginia, which is about thirty miles from Sweet Briar. It was here 
that he painted the landscape which he has given to the College. 


Recently Elected President of the Regional Association of Deans of Women. 
The Region Includes Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland and Delaware. 

December, 1936 

Alumnae News 

Early American With a French Accent 

By Mollie Meriwether Brooks, ex '25 

Outsiders look with alien eyes on the 
loveliness of early Louisiana furniture, 
and exclaim: 

'"Why, that isn't colonial!" 

For after all, we follow our family and 
racial heritage and the majority of us think 
in terms of English furniture. But Louis- 
iana, too, adhered to her tradition and her 
furniture is French and Spanish entirely, 
with scarcely a trace of English influence. 

Louisiana remained a colony until 1803, 
and its earlier furniture was brought from 
France and from Spain. There was no at- 
tempt at finished local craftsmanship be- 
fore 1800. Up to that period, rougher 
beds, tables, and chairs were made of plan- 
tation workmanship which was crude but 
none the less interesting. But about 1800 
native craftsmen began to attempt to make 
locally the more pretentious furniture that 
had been shipped from France. 

The development of a real plantation 
type of furniture came with the Greek Be- 
vival. The classic temple architecture 
which Thomas Jefferson fathered was per- 
fectly suited to the Deep South and its hey- 
day was during the prosperous times of 
the planters. All over Louisiana there 
sprang up houses of the classic tradition — 
solid brick houses with many rooms, many 
galleries, and columns. The chaste lines 
of these houses showed to their best advan- 
tage in a setting of giant oaks and mag- 
nolias: tropical foliage, oleanders and 
cape jasmine softened their bare simplicity 
to stateliness. Then local touches were 
added to the Greek designs which revealed 
French and Spanish ornamentation. 

The first New Orleans cabinet-maker 
whom we know by name was Francois 
Seignouret. He was born in Bordeaux, 
France and came to Louisiana about 1800. 
Insufficient record prevents giving the ex- 
act dates of his activities, but it is known to 
have extended through half a century or 
more. He was in New Orleans early- 
enough to have fought with Andrew Jack- 
son in the memorable Battle of New Or- 

leans, January 8, 1815. Seignouret is 
generally conceded to be the foremost as 
well as pioneer builder of fine old New 
Orleans furniture. It was quite the vogue 
for the wealthy planters of 1830 to have 
their Greek Bevival houses furnished by 

Before Seignouret there had been an 
effort made away from the French: here 
and there can be found an odd little chest, 
perfectly straight and plain, but with a 
carved apron that is French. No one 
knows who designed these. 

One of the distinguishing features of 
Seignouret furniture is that it was built on 
light lines and depended for its charm 
more upon symmetry of outline than upon 
carving. In this day of the small, con- 
venient houses, his furniture seems almost 
monumental in size, but when the large, 
high-ceilinged rooms for which it was in- 
tended are remembered it was very appro- 
priate. Yet in spite of its massive build 
there is a delicacy of design which charac- 
terizes the real craftsman. This designer 
worked mostly in rosewood, or in "pali- 
sandre," the violet ebony. His carving 
was not as ornate as his French models, 
but very few pieces lacked sculpture or 
beading of some kind. In all his exquis- 
itely outlined panels the cutting is done on 
the piece itself, instead of "scalgiole," 
glued to it. It is said that each piece of 
furniture that Seignouret made is signed 
with an "S" somewhere in its design. 
Perhaps there was not an intentional sign- 
ing, but all of his panels are broken at the 
corners with a distinctive curve which ap- 
pears to be the letter "S." 

Distinguishing scrolls identify Seignou- 
ret furniture. The chairs, with their arms 
curving to the front legs, were designed to 
accommodate wide skirts and the backs 
were used: prim sitting was the vogue. 

Every New Orleans cabinet-maker made 
armoires ( wardrobes ) , for neither city 
houses nor plantation homes had closets. 
There were plain armoires, elaborate ones, 
heavily carved affairs that matched the 
rest of the bedroom furniture, and even 

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those with inlaid drawers, arranging for 
all kinds of clothes. Seignouret's armoires 
were different from the others in that he 
had a secret door in one side in addition to 
drawers, arranging for all kinds of clothes. 
Seignouret's armoires were also different 
from the others in that he had a secret door 
in one side in addition to the regulation 
front door. Most of the armoires have 
solid doors, but a few of them are mir- 

San Domingan mahogany was mostly 
used for plantation furniture. The moist 
climate was responsible for the popularity 
of marble tops and round ball feet of 

Barjon was another craftsman but no 
one can definitely point out his work. 
Howevei, he is responsible for some of the 
seven-foot sofas with their curved and 
carved backs, the deerfoot tables and the 
hall console with a mirror beneath. 

Deep carving in furniture is always a 
part of Seibrecht, sometimes called Sea- 
bright. He made furniture popular in the 
'forties and until the Civil War. Bunches 
of grapes and garlands adorn his deeply 
carved chairs and sofas. They have solid 
backs, upholstered over in front, and 
closely resemble the Belter design. There 
was an added solidity to these chairs; 
marked sturdiness is in them, and they 
seem made to be leaned against. 

By 1830 furniture was made that was 
particularly suited to the needs of the big 
plantation houses. It had little that sug- 
gested the Early American without the 
French accent and part of it was derivative 
from the Spanish. The Louisiana planter 
was a Creole who was the originator of the 
standard of high and generous living, 
which characterized the Louisiana of the 
old days. The best of everything — food, 
furniture, jewelry he bought as a matter 
of course. The lace and bric-a-brac and 
furniture in some of the antique shops of 
New Orleans are some of the remnants of 
those days of elaborate living, marking the 
dissipation of many a fortune. The wealthy 
planter visited France, Spain and Italy 
often. His choice was more often French 
than Spanish. 

Elaborate marquety was much admired; 
Boulle cabinets and tables were bought in 
spite of their total unfitness for the dam]) 
climate. Low cabinets of heavy build, with 
wreaths of flowers and interlaced ribbons 
and fauns and nymphs as decoration, were 
found in the homes of the prosperous. 
This sumptuous style pleased as well as 
suited the Creole, so all furniture, tapes- 
tries, crystals and brocades were imported: 
some of it can be found even today. 

Only the iron kitchen utensils, and the 
hinges and lamps were made by the slave 
labor at home. The slaves gradually grew 
skillful with wrought iron: the graceful 
delicately designed balconies of the Vieux 
Carre were done during the late Spanish 
rule. On the plantations the slaves fash- 
ioned all the needed things of iron such as 
kitchen things and odd iron lamps. 

The last of the well-known cabinet- 
makers was Mallard. Prudent Mallard 
made furniture in New Orleans between 
1820 and 1850. Mallard, like Seignouret, 
was largely influenced by the period mod- 
els of Louis XV, and they both worked ex- 
tensively in rosewood. Mallard designed 
parlor furniture of distinction, but his bed- 
room furniture is the work in which he 

Prudent Mallard was born in Sevres, 
France, in 1809. He came to New Orleans 
in his early twenties. He opened a small 
shop on Royal Street and in time the 
modest establishment grew to considerable 
proportions. Year after year this designer 
made trips to the art centers of Europe, 
returning with new ideas, which he em- 
bodied in his creations. Among the most 
noted were those first bedroom pieces — the 
semi-testereel beds, for which the name be- 
came famous. These beds have the canopy 
top, and low foot posts that pull up at 
night to hold mosquito bars. These posts 
always have a carved urn or pineapple top 
which is attached to the smaller post within 
and extends to the correct height for the 
bar. Until recent years the plantation 
houses remained unscreened, and even now 
the beds with the bars are most protecting. 

Mallard furniture is said to have brought 
the highest prices of any in the original at 
the height of its popularily, sometimes sell- 


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December, 1936 

ing for the sum of three thousand, five hun- 
dred dollars a set. However, today it is 
the least attractive and can be used only 
in the high-ceilinged rooms-. 

Rich brocades; Sevres vases; long gilt 
mirrors from floor to ceiling; carved rose- 
wood or mahogany drawing-room furni- 
ture, lamps with rows of prisms and crys- 
tal globes; French clocks and little pieces 
of statuary; ancient family portraits in 
massive goldleaf frames and voluminous 
libraries of calf-skin bound books — these, 
too, were a part of plantation furnishings. 

In the center of every dining room, di- 
rectly over the table, there was a big hook 
in the ceiling. This was for the overhead 
fan or "punkah." It was made of linen 
or of metal and was kept in motion by a 
string pulled by a small negro boy. Some 

of them were quite elaborate. These over- 
head fans served the double purpose of 
keeping air in circulation and keeping the 
flies away. 

But the breezes of the fans were fitful. 
Candles flickered or were blown out. The 
small negro boy pulled jerkily, dozed and 
made up by extra energy. "Cylindres" for 
this reason came to be a usual part of the 
dining room equipment. There were hurri- 
can cbimneys, three or four feet high, and 
they stood in pairs on the sideboard and 
on the table. There were plain cylindres 
and others decorated in grapes and still 
other designs. A pair often was placed on 
the pier table in the hall and some families 
preferred them for the living-room mantle. 
With these tall shades as protection the 
wavering breezes passed unnoticed, and the 
household enjoyed a steady candlelight. 

A somewhat austere photograph of the dining-room at stately "Melrose," 
,a room of dimensions of about twenty-five by forty feet, with lofty ceilings. 
The "punkah" of solid walnut is of East Indian design and was carved 
especially for its place. It is still in use instead of having electric fans. 
It is controlled by hand-power by a cord stretching from its apex to a foot- 
man's stand near the butler's passage. 

December, 1936 

Alumnae News 

"Soc" and "Ec" In and Out of the Classroom 

By Rebecca Young, '35, Research 
Assistant in the Department of 
Economics and Sociology. 

Ooc and Ec" — thus have the students 
conveniently shortened the lengthy title of 
Sociology and Economics — is not all found 
in text books. This article will attempt to 
describe a few of the methods used to sup- 
plement regular classroom instruction. 
Lecture material and library reading may 
be both illustrated and illuminated through 
the use of varied outside projects. Since 
one of the essential aims of Economics and 
Sociology is to give the student bases for 
the evaluation of present day social trends, 
the instructors have found it impossible to 
rely on textbook material alone but must 
supplement this with current pamphlet ma- 
terial; reports of social, economic and 
governmental organizations ; newspapers 
and other periodicals; conferences with 
leaders in specific fields; visits to social 
and economic institutions, etc. The use of 
such material has called for the co-opera- 
tion of the Library in the difficult task of 
assembling and making available current 
data. The librarian has co-operated with 
the instructors by providing large tables 
where the students may examine charts and 
graphs, and make maps; shelves parti- 
tioned for the temporary arrangement of 
pamphlets and bulletins needed by the stu- 
dents for specific reports; files for per- 
manent storage of clippings and miscella- 
neous bulletins on special topics such as 
"technological unemployment," "socialized 
medicine," and "mental hygiene." It has 
also called for full use of the resources of 
the instructors of the department who are 
fortunate in having personal contact with 
members of the National Social Security 
Board, Federal Reserve Board, and many 
other federal and state agencies. In this 
way much valuable information which is 
not ordinarily available to the college stu- 
dent is being supplied to the instructors 
and in some cases to the Library. Miss 
Boone has made an unusually valuable col- 
lection of international material including 

posters, charts, maps and pamphlets which 
she brought back from her visits to Russia, 
Denmark and England. 

Lectures by Specialists 
Opportunities are given to classes in 
economics and sociology to avail them- 
selves of the knowledge and practical ex- 
perience of experts who are professionally 
engaged in related fields; for example, Dr. 
H. Parker Willis spoke to the economics 
classes on banking, the Commissioner and 
other members of the State Department of 
Public Welfare presented the state program 
for dealing with poverty and dependency, 
the State Director of 4-H Clubs discussed 
some of the recreation problems of rural 
youth, and Mr. W. L. Gibson, an officer in 
the Central Labor Union in Lynchburg 
gave the students some practical facts con- 
cerning the trade unions. 

Further than this, the students individ- 
ually consult outside authorities in fields in 
which they are specifically interested. For 
example, in studying individual trade 
unions, students get material directly from 
the unions themselves. Several students 
have chosen to study the union situation in 
the businesses in which members of their 
families are interested, and have thus had 
unusual opportunities to get material from 
employers; for instance, Peggy Lloyd, '36, 
gathered information on the Sheet Metal 
Workers' Union, and Betty Williams, '37 
is studying the United Textile Workers. 
Another illustration of the methods used 
by the students in procuring information is 
a project by which the class in Social 
Origins last year supplemented the regular 
work in that course. Each student selected 
a small country and attempted to analyze 
the social and ethnological bases of the 
customs peculiar to that country. In ad- 
dition to material available in the Sweet 
Briar Library and procured through inter- 
library loans, the students secured informa- 
tion from the diplomatic representatives of 
those countries to the United States and in 
some cases directly from universities and 
federal bureaus in the countries them- 


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selves. The ministers of the countries stud- 
ied were very generous in supplying infor- 
mation and seemed genuinely interested in 
reading and criticising the papers. Two of 
the papers receiving special commendation 
from the consuls who read them were the 
ones written by Polly Lambeth, '37, on 
Esthonia, and Abigail Lesnick, '36, on Ru- 

Since Sociology and Economics deal 
with complex social data they must neces- 
sarily utilize basic knowledge derived from 
other disciplines. Sweet Briar College is 
perhaps unique in the high degree of co- 
operation achieved between instructors of 
related subjects, and in their willingness to 
eliminate departmental lines and to lend 
their assistance wherever their own special 
knowledge and skill may be in demand. 
Many members of the Sweet Briar Faculty 
generously co-operate with this department 
in that respect: Dr. Morenus brings to the 
class in Social and Economic Geography 
aspects of astronomy pertinent to this sub- 
ject; Dr. Hague summarizes the current 
viewpoints on evolution, and the principles 
of heredity and their application to social 
problems; Dr. Benedict discusses the major 
religions of the world for the students 
studying social institutions; Miss Wilcox 
and Mr. Zechial have spoken on the social 
significance of art; Dr. Edwards, on the 
caste system as it affects the social organi- 
zation in India; the college physician on 
biological aspects of the family; Mr. Lauk- 
hoff on recent governmental activities in 
relation to economic problems: and Mr. 
Mangiafico on Fascism in relation to cur- 
rent economic tendencies in Italy. It might 
also be added that the members of this 
department regularly lecture on their own 
particular specialties to the classes given 
by their colleagues. 

Senior Seminar 
A "Senior Seminar" is open in the last 
semester of the senior year to a limited 
number of students who show special fit- 
ness for individual study. Opportunity is 
given them to study intensively one phase 
of some subject in which they are especi- 
ally interested. In one year, Julia Daugh- 
erty, Cecilia Birdsey Wade, and Elizabeth 
Scheuer of the class of '34 worked on a pam- 

phlet dealing with "Labor Laws in Twelve 
Southern States" which was published by 
the National Consumers' League and which 
has been widely used. That same year, 
Rosemary Frey, '34, made a study of de- 
linquency in Lynchburg and prepared a 
spot map which has been in demand among 
the various social agencies in Lynchburg, 
the Juvenile Court, and the Virginia Social 
Science Association. The following year 
Frances Morrison and Rebecca Young, '35, 
made an analysis of social case records 
with particular emphasis on the use of 
friends as resources. Cynthia Harbison, 
'35, surveyed the field of hospitalization 
needs in Virginia. Last session Marjorie 
Griffin, Bette Troy and Logan Phinizy of 
the class of '36, helped on a survey of 
household employment in Lynchburg un- 
der the auspices of the Y. W. C. A. and the 
Inter-Racial Commission. As a check on 
statistics for that survey and also as a pro- 
ject in connection with the class in Social 
Maladjustment, Helen Hesson, '37, and 
Bessie Lee Garbee, '38, are studying the 
records of the Lynchburg Family Welfare 
Society. Another group of students has 
started work on a pamphlet dealing with 
Labor Laws in Virginia. 

Field Trips 
Among the activities supplementing the 
classroom work, none prove so interesting 
or so stimulating to the students as the 
field trips by means of which they can 
actually see and have some personal con- 
tact with the things about which they read 
and study. Through the co-operation of 
the Secretary of the Lynchburg Chamber 
of Commerce, and the managers of fac- 
tories, the Labor Problems Class each year 
makes trips through a number of large 
plants such as the Lynchburg Hosiery 
Mill, the Harris- Woodson Candy Fac- 
tory, the Blue-Buckle Overall Factory and 
the Consolidated Textile Plant, and thus 
gets a first-hand acquaintance with some of 
the present-day industrial techniques and 
factory conditions. The class also meets 
with a Lynchburg Y. W. C. A. industrial 
group and with members of the Central 
Labor Union to discuss current problems 
of industry. Those classes which are par- 
ticularly interested in the care of the so- 

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cially inadequate find ii both interesting 
and illuminating to \isit such neighboring' 
institutions as tin- Children's Memorial 
Hospital in Lynchburg, the Slate Colony 
for Epileptic and Feebleminded, the Slate 
Hospital for Mental Patients at Staunton, 
the industrial Training School for Boys at 
Beaumont, the Juvenile and Domestic Re- 
lations Courts at Danville and Richmond, 
the Consolidated County Home at Chat- 
ham, and the Child Guidance Clinic at the 
University of Virginia. It is felt that this 
method of direct observation gives reality 
to factual information gathered through 
classroom lectures and library reading. 
The courses in economics and sociology are 
designed for a liberal education: they are 
in no sense professional and are not aimed 
to prepare anyone directly for a job. They 
may, however, be considered pre-profes- 
sional as certain courses in science are 
considered preparatory to medicine: and 
it is interesting to note that without ex- 
ception graduate schools to which Sweet 
Briar students have gone for professional 
training; in social work have reported very 
favorably upon their preparation. 

Extra Academic Activities of the Faculty 

Just as it is held desirable that students 
be trained to observe the operation of so- 
cial and economic institutions, so also the 
members of the faculty consider it essential 
that they themselves constantly keep 
abreast of current social developments. 
They have considered it not only a civic 
but a professional obligation to participate 
in the work of organizations which aim to 
formulate social policies. 

Dr. Beard, who has for a number of 
years been a member of the Executive 
Committee of the Virginia Conference of 
Social \york. has been elected president of 
that organization. She has been particu- 
larly interested in making the Conference 
an all year round working organization in- 
stead of merely an annual meeting, and has 
recently organized standing committees on 
"Social Legislation." "Social Research," 
and "Standards and Training." Dr. Beard 
also takes an active part in the work of the 
\ irainia Social Science Association, the 
Child Conservation Committee, and the 

Southern Sociological Society. She is now 
engaged, with the assistance of Rebecca 
Young. '35, in making an extensive survey 
of "The Teaching of Sociology in the 
South" for the latter, and will present the 
findings at the annual meeting in Birming- 
ham in April. 

In June an Institute on Southern Region- 
alism was held at the University of North 
Carolina under the auspices of the General 
Education Board and the Institute of Re- 
search in the Social Sciences. About fifty 
experts in various fields of social endeavor 
attempted to analyze social problems and 
to suggest tentative plans for social action. 
Dr. Beard was one of the few women of 
the South invited to join this group and 
was appointed to serve both on the Com- 
mittee on the Teaching of the Social Scien- 
ces and the Committee on Co-ordination of 
Public Welfare Programs. 

Mrs. Wailes is a member of the Execu- 
tive Committee of the Virginia Social 
Science Association. She serves as presi- 
dent of the Virginia Federation of Home 
Demonstration Clubs, an organization of 
about 16.000 women active in promoting 
rural welfare. She is also a member of the 
State Planning Board Committee on Mar- 
ginal Population, the State Committee on 
Mother's Aid. and the Child Conservation 
Committee. Among the organizations in 
which Miss Boone is actively interested are 
the Southern Policy Association and the 
Virginia Consumers' League. She has re- 
cently been made a member of the Execu- 
tive Board of the latter. 

No attempt will be made to enumerate 
the many national organizations to which 
the instructors belong and whose meetings 
they attend from time to time, as for ex- 
ample the American Economic Association, 
the American Sociological Society, the 
American Population Association, and the 
National Conference of Social Work. 

Besides their work in the above men- 
tioned organizations, all the members of 
the department have constantly accepted in- 
vitations to make addresses before civic 
and social groups, such as the Lynchburg 
Open Forum. Inter-racial Conferences, 
rural groups, Women's Clubs, the Council 
of Social Agencies, etc. Dr. Beard has 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1936 

given brief lecture courses for the Lynch- 
burg and Roanoke Junior Leagues and the 
Virginia Conference of Social Work Train- 
ing Institutes. Mrs. Wailes has recently 
given a course in Social Problems for the 
Extension Division of the University of 
Virginia; and a series of talks at the State 
4-H Short Course. Miss Boone has lec- 
tured for the Oxford Summer School of the 
Workers' Educational Association. 


In addition to the pamphlet on Labor 
Laws descrbed above which was prepared 
by Miss Boone and a group of students, two 
other publications by the faculty in this 
department have received wide recognition. 
Juvenile Probation (Belle Boone Beard, 
American Book Company, 1934) is con- 
sidered one of the standard treatises on the 
subject. It is one of the books recom- 
mended by the United States Attorney 
General in his brief bibliography on the 
prevention of crime, and it received special 
commendation by the League of Nations 
Secretary of Child Welfare in her annual 

Child Welfare in Virginia (Belle Boone 
Beard and Bertha Wailes, published as a 
Sweet Briar College Bulletin in 1935) not 
only provided teaching material for the 
class in Child Welfare at Sweet Briar, but 
seemed to meet an urgent need in the State 
at that time. So many requests for extra 
copies came from social workers that it 
was necessary to have the bulletin re- 
printed. It was used in 1936 as the basic 
text in a six weeks' course in Child Welfare 
at the William and Mary School of Social 
Work at Richmond. Since it combined a 
summary of existing needs with a brief 
statement of standards it has been used as 
a handy reference guide and has been face- 
tiously called "the Bible for Virginia So- 
cial Workers." 

Looking Forward 

The instructors in economics and soci- 
ology look forward hopefully to a day 
when there will be an additional instructor 
so that some of the classes which are now 
offered only in alternate years may be of- 
fered regularly and additional courses 
which are very much in demand by the stu- 
dents may be given, such as Social Anthro- 

pology, Criminology, Race Relations, 
Money and Banking, and International 
Trade. It is highly desirable that a room 
or group of rooms be set apart as a Social 
Science Unit. One large room would be 
equipped as a laboratory with tables and 
chairs, including a long slanting table for 
map and chart making. This room would 
contain a large globe and special cabinets 
for storing and cork walls for displaying 
maps, charts, and graphic material. The 
Social Science Pamphlet and Document 
Library might be housed in an adjoining 
room or such portions as are needed for 
the study of specific topics might be trans- 
ferred there as needed. This room could 
be used advantageously as a study room, 
especially for students working on joint re- 
ports where discussion is desirable. The 
pamphlet on "Labor Laws in Twelve 
Southern States" was done in a whisper — 
that is, it took shape in a room in the 
Library where one is not allowed to speak 
above a whisper. A third room might be 
a Museum of Social Anthropology and En- 
thnology, a beginning of which is already 
provided by Sweet Briar's collection of 
Indian relics. Smaller class rooms equip- 
ped with tables and chairs for discussion 
groups and Professors' offices would com- 
plete the Social Science Unit. 

It is hoped that interested persons will 
provide funds for special library collec- 
tions; for example books on the Negro, 
the South, and Child Welfare the latter to 
be used by Amherst teachers and social 
workers as well as by the faculty and 

A proposal in which the faculty and stu- 
dents are especially interested at the pres- 
ent is the plan for a Summer Seminar the 
purpose of which is to give the student a 
bird's eye view of existing social institu- 
tions. A plan might be arranged through 
the co-operation of social agencies in a 
specified locality for the students to ob- 
serve the most successful attempts being 
made to develop recreational programs, 
adult education classes, community art pro- 
jects, health demonstrations as well as ef- 
forts to control socially inadequate groups. 
These trips would take place during a 
month of the summer's vacation and would 
be under the direction of one of the in- 

December, 1936 

An mnae News 


The Cleveland Alumnae Club 

(Editor's Note: This is the first of a series on the activities of our alumnae Clubs.) 


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1 he Alumnae Club of Cleveland is 
practically as old as Sweet Briar College. 
Girls from Cleveland and Northern Ohio 
have gone to Sweet Briar since the early 
days of the college. These girls formed the 
original Cleveland Club and met once a 
year. The Club grew as the college grew, 
and now the membership totals eighty. As 
the Club grew, so grew the number of meet- 
ings, and from one a year the Club has 
progressed to twelve, with regular luncheon 
meetings on the second Friday of every 
month. These meetings are held at the 
homes of the alumnae and begin about 
eleven in the morning and last until about 
four in the afternoon. While the girls sew, 
business is discussed, and this is generally 
followed by book reviews. A definite pro- 
gram is worked out for each meeting. 

"L ntil recently all of the sewing was done 
for the City Hospital. You have, of course, 
heard of our brain child. "The Daisy Doll." 
which seems to occupy more and more of 
our time. It is a double doll, one end 
being a replica of Daisy in a print dress 
and the other end a replica of Signora in 
bandanna. The dolls are sold at the 

Alumnae Cabin for one dollar and seventy- 
five cents. Our slogan is "A Daisy Doll 
for Every Sweet Briar Grandchild." The 
dolls are made entirely by us and we are 
really quite proud of them. 

"The first Saturday in December we give 
our annual dance. When this is over we 
turn our attention to Christmas at the City 
Hospital. The alumnae select ten children 
and find out what they want for Christmas 
and fill their orders. There is always an 
extra meeting held to fill these stockings. 

"Our past activities have included a 
variety of interests. One year when there 
was a need for milk for babies in the poor 
districts of the city, we had a hurried bene- 
fit and raised money for the Milk Fund. 
We have sold tulips, had bridge parties and 
made our own prizes, but we have found 
that our Christmas dances are the most 

"Perhaps part of the secret of our suc- 
cess and the fun that we have from our 
Club lies in the fact that girls who were at 
Sweet Briar only one or two years are as 
interested and work as hard as the gradu- 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1936 

Announcements Made on Founders' Day 

The Manson Memorial Alumnae Scholar 

roUNDERs' Day always holds a special 
interest for all alumnae; for it is on this 
day that the announcement is made of the 
Manson Memorial Alumnae Scholar for the 

year. Ellen 
Lee Snodgrass, 
1937, of Wash- 
ington, D. C, 
is the recipient 
of the award 
this year. She 
has led her 
class in aca- 
demic standing 
since she en- 
tered Sweet 
Briar and has 
three times 
been the win- 

ner of the honor scholarship which is 
awarded each year to the highest ranking 
member of each class. She has always 
taken a prominent part in student activities 
and is this year president of the Y. W. C. A. 
She is a member of Tau Phi, Sweet Briar's 
only upperclass honorary society, member- 
ship in which is based upon scholarship 
and outstanding qualities of leadership in 
student life. 

The award is given each year to an up- 
perclass student on the scholarship list who 
not only has maintained a high standard in 
academic work but has also contributed 
to the general life and welfare of the col- 
lege through some of its extra-curricula 
activities, and in her character and college 
life has notably exemplified the ideals of a 
Sweet Briar student. 

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan self - giving, 
Award was this year conferred on Dr. an inspira- 
Marion Josephine Benedict, professor of tion to fine 
Biblical Literature. This award is main- living to all 
tained by the Southern Society of New that kno w 
York in honor of its first president and you — I con- 
Sweet Briar is one of twenty colleges privi- fer upon you 
leged to make the award which is based the Algernon 
on "high spiritual qualities practically ap- Sydney Sul- 
plied to daily living." President Glass livan award 
made the award to Dr. Benedict with the for the guid- 
following citation: "Marion Josephine ance of us 
Benedict — wise, high-minded, clear-souled, all." 

A Bequest From Miss Helen Young 

President Glass announced that the last ginia. the interest to be used as a scholar- 
will and testament of Helen F. Young con- ship to be known as the Helen Young 
tains a provision reading as follows: "I Scholarship in the department of Music." 
give $1,000.00 to Sweet Briar College, Vir- 

December, 1936 Alumnae News 15 

A Wild-Life Sanctuary —Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. C Carry of Chicago 

Peggy Carry 

The gift by Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Carry 
of a Wild-Life and Nature Sanctuary was 
announced on Founders' Day. This is 
given to the College in memory of their 
son, Charles William Carry. A fund for 
this development has been established to 
run for a period of ten years, and there is 
to be a Superintendent for two years. 
Peggy Carry, '35, is the present Superin- 

The interest of Daisy's mother, Mrs. Wil- 
liams, in conservation, has left Sweet 
Briar a rich heritage in the largest track 
of primeval forest in the state of Virginia. 
During Peggy Carry's student days she 
realized the natural suitability of Sweet 
Briar for the development of such a Sanc- 
tuary and interested her family in making 
this gift to the college. 

According to the stipulations of the gift, 
the general aim of the Sanctuary shall be 
to provide the following: an outdoor lab- 
oratory for students of Sweet Briar College 
in the fields of Biology and Ornithology; a 
center of nature study where students and 
observers shall be welcome to pursue their 
interests: and an example of enlightened 
conservation. It shall endeavor to promote 
research into, and study of, the general and 
the economic problems of Biology, Botany, 
and Ornithology, and also the study of the 
problems of wild-life and nature conserva- 
tion. Further, it is to become an integral 
part of the national conservation movement 
through membership in the National Asso- 
ciation of Audubon Societies and the East- 
ern Bird Banding Association, and through 
co-operation with the United States Bureau 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1936 

of Biological Survey, Forest Service and 
Bureau of Entomology. 

The particular objectives shall be: the 
conservation of Sweet Briar's natural re- 
sources through the pursuance of a college 
and farm policy that should always take 
cognizance of the aims of the Sanctuary by 
the setting aside of an area of primeval 
forest to be untouched for the purpose of 
botanical study; further development of 
Sweet Briar's plant and wild life resources 
by the establishment and maintenance of 
an arboretum to preserve native species and 
also by the establishment of a wild flower 
garden to preserve native species. Desir- 
able forms of bird life will be encouraged 
by judicious planting to furnish cover and 
food for land birds and water fowls, by pro- 
viding shelters, nesting boxes and nesting 
sites, by protection from gunners and 
natural enemies and by artificial feeding 
when necessary. It is planned to reintro- 
duce desirable game birda including pheas- 
ants and woodcock. 

The educational aims of the Sanctuary 
shall be: the concentration of the above 
mentioned developments in areas suited for 
both scientific study and casual observa- 
tion; the maintenance of several such 
places as are suited for the study of insects 
and water cultures; the labelling of trees 
and flowers along convenient trails and 
roads; the construction of blinds near feed- 
ing and nesting places of birds to expedite 
observation; the construction of several 
glass walled feeding houses, making the 
study of birds in the nests possible; and 
the banding of birds at Sweet Briar in 
order to make a study of migration habits. 
The college plans to secure frequent lectur- 
ers to speak on a subject pertinent to the 
work of the Sanctuary. From time to time 

articles will appear in the Sweet Briar 
News concerning some particular bird, 
flower, tree or general aspect of the work 
of the Sanctuary, and also it is planned to 
have college bulletins and articles on the 
work. The Sanctuary will be open by re- 
quest to school and college classes, and to 
any other groups of reliable character. 
Since research is to be encouraged, scholars 
are welcome for this purpose to work in- 
dependently at the Sanctuary, the only 
stipulation being that copies of their work 
be presented to the Sanctuary and to the 
Mary Helen Cochran Library, that proper 
recognition of source be given, if any ma- 
terial is used in a Master's or Doctor's 
thesis or in any other published work. This 
same stipulation shall apply to all pub- 
lished pictures taken at the Sanctuary. 
The Superintendent of the Sanctuary, if 
qualified, shall carry on a study of the 
effect of an increase in total bird numbers 
and in resident species on the number of 
insect pests and plant diseases present on 
the farm and in nearby gardens, with 
special attention to which species seem 
most helpful in this regard. It is hoped to 
encourage new sanctuaries by careful main- 
tenance of a record of the methods fol- 
lowed, results obtained, and cost of devel- 
opment at Sweet Briar which will be avail- 
able to all interested. 

Although the development of any such 
project must be gradual, several very en- 
couraging responses have already been re- 
ceived. Two graduate students in Orni- 
thology from the University of Virginia 
have asked to use these facilities, and the 
owner of Tobacco Row Mountain has ex- 
pressed a desire to converc his property 
into a sanctuary in co-operation with the 
Sweet Briar Sanctuary. 

December, 1936 

Alumnae News 


Excerpts From Dr. Harley's Letters 

To Dr. Crawford 

Tokyo— June 18, 1936 
After speaking of her homesickness for 
Sweet Briar when she arrived at Honolulu, 
she adds: 

". . . but when I left, loaded with their 
flower garlands about my neck, it was real- 
izing that they had become very dear. . . . 
Flo says she will meet me at the boat on 
my return and motor me back to S. B. 
in time for May Day, 1937. I am nearly 
half way around now and leaving Japan 
by train to Peiping early in September. 
. . . Saturday I go to Nikko, 3,000 feet up 
about 200 miles away and stay until Sep- 
tember. My stay in Tokyo has been cork- 
ing going about with my Japanese boy- 
friend and getting at the heart of things 
Japanese. I love their parks and shrines 
and temples, their girls and children . . . 
the marvelous things they do with trees 
and stones and broadleaved evergreens 
and water. Most of all I love their simple 
manners and their kind hearts." 

Tokyo — August 11, 1936 
". . . letters from home count so much 
when one is far from home; even the bell- 
boys know that and run up to my room 
with letters on a tray with a beaming smile 
to get as much in return. They and the 
little corridor girls and the waitresses are 
all my very good friends. . . . Tomorrow 
I leave Tokyo and my Japanese boy-friend 
with much regret — he has been wonderful 
to me — such a help practically and men- 
tally, for he spent half his life in U. S. A. 
and we have no reservations, it's lots of 

Peiping — September 14, 1936 
"Who do you suppose I lunched with 
yesterday? Margaret Spear at Yenching 
University near the Summer Palace — a fine 
place with beautiful Chinese buildings, and 
I met a group of genetic and diatetic people 
and we went in rickshaws to the Old 
Buddah's Palace — it was a beautiful autumn 
day. Margaret Spear asked about you all 
— she was at the Faculty House that year 
of 1923-24. ... I am having a corking 
time here and love Peking and the Chinese 
and shall miss my rickshaw man more 
than I can say the rest of my life — it just 
suits me to travel in a baby cart. . . . You 
are all at work again. I expect Carol Rice 
and Harriet and Gwen are at the Gym — 
physical exams — the darling job." 

Peiping — October 2, 1936 
"I returned late yesterday from six days 
in bed at the P. W. M. C. hospital— had a 
corking time in bed with frequent visits of 
doctors, internes, med. students, supervisors 
and nurses. They never let me put a foot 
on the floor. I was trundled along innum- 
erable corridors up and down elevators to 
the x-ray room. All tests negative — no 
fever — just their pursuit of science. Lots 
of fun. I miss it all . . . Beautiful au- 
tumn weather — first cold since leaving New 
York a year ago — lots of Peiping dust. 
The combination gave me the cold — now I 
am well again. . . . Who do you suppose I 
walked into at breakfast here this morn- 
ing? Constance Warner, 1936 — just come 
with friends from Japan for a two weeks 
stay, and returns through Japan. We were 
very glad to see each other and rather sur- 
prised but things happen that way, as you 

To Miss Donna Wills 

The following are excerpts from two 
letters written by Dr. Harley to Miss Donna 
Wills. The second one is from a letter 

which came from Manila on the China 
Clipper, arriving here in only six days. 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1936 

Shanghai, China — October 17, 1936 

"Please tell Vivienne that Anne MacRae, 
sister of Margaret, met me at the station. 
Also that Anne and Evie Morriss had lunch 
with me where I'm stopping, at the Palace 
Hotel. The next day I had dinner with 
her father and mother, also Dr. Augustus 
Tucker and his wife. They talked a lot 
about Margaret. They were all well and 
very happy. Then I had lunch at the 
Morriss home and they drove me down the 
Bubbling Well Road. This P. M. Anne 
is to come to dinner with her date. Anne 
and Evie will both see me off on the boat 

"I am enjoying Shanghai. It is warmer 
than Peking and not so dry and dusty. 
This hotel is on the boulevard directly 
facing the waterfront. But I miss my 
Peking friends, Mr. and Mrs. Currens, and 
my rickshaw man, Wong — and I promised 
to be back in two years. 

"My love to the Infirmary staff and all 
my friends at Sweet Briar. I shall be back 
to see the girls for May Day." 

Manila, P. I.— October 28, 1936 

"Dr. Crawford's sister, Mrs. Thomas 
Wolf, met me at the boat and has been most 
kind. They are building a beautiful new 
home, having torn down the old one. It 
fronts on the bay and has about five acres 
of beautiful garden. So far I've always 
had someone to meet me, on the train or 
boat — but this is the last contact so far as 
I know. I leave on the President Harrison 
next Tuesday." 

"P. S.— Dr. and Mrs. Lee, (father and 
mother of Martha and Charlotte) who live 
at St. Andrews near Shanghai asked me to 
visit them and see the hospital but to my 
resjret I could not." 

Exhibits In The Library 

JIach week the Library is the scene of 
interesting and widely varied exhibits. 
Scurrying from class to the stacks, from 
the Inn to the Browsing Room, even the 
busiest of us catches sight of the conven- 
iently placed pictures, while the frequent 
changes rouse in us the desire to keep up 
with them. 

The first exhibit of the year consisted of 
numerous views of the cathedrals of Mont- 
Saint-Michel and Chartres, etchings and 
paintings. The most beautiful were those 
of individual stained glass windows, perfect 
in detail and rich in color. The second 
exhibit was an amusing one — a collection 
of representative American, English, and 
French caricatures, with cuts from such 
magazines as Vanity Fair and Punch. 
Several books on caricatures were also on 
display. The next collection to be placed 
in the exhibition corridor consisted of the 
gift to the College by the parents of Odile 
Cozette, '36, a group of eight prints, two 
of them in color, from the Louvre. 

This exhibit was followed by one of por- 
traits of eminent mathematicians and books 

on the history of science, and then a very 
interesting display of striking examples of 
modern photography. Over Founders' Day 
there were some inscriptions and illumi- 
nated manuscripts, the first of a series of 
exhibits of the history and story of writing 
and printing. Various stages and phases 
in this development will be shown through- 
out the year. The first one contained fac- 
similes of inscriptions, picture writings, 
wax tablets, papyrus and vellum manu- 
scripts. Dr. Hudson lent a cuneiform in- 
scription on marble from Babylonia, a 
Greek inscription from the levant during 
the Roman period. A Roman stylus of 
metal, a bone one, and a terra cotta lamp 
dating from the second century A. D. were 
chosen from the Archeological Collection. 
Dr. Edwards lent a Tibetan prayer wheel 
and a Tibetan inscription on stone. 

As part of the Armistice Day observ- 
ance, a War and Peace exhibit was shown 
in the Library. Posters were lent by World 
Peaceways and the National Council for 
Prevention of War. Nancy Gatch made an 
interesting mosaic of war pictures and 

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Alumnae News 



peaceful scenes interspersed with 
captions showing the contrast ol 
war and peace. The history de- 
partment and Miss Wilcox, too, 
aided in the presentation. Miss 
Maher lent The First World War 
— a collection of pictures showing 
the after - war disillusionment. 
Poems by Hardy, Sassoon. and 
Groves were displayed. Current 
copies of the Illustrated London 
News showed destruction and its 
effect on the civilian population 
in die present Spanish War. The 
fact of woman's participation in 
modern warfare was stressed. The 
whole exhibit attempted to bring 
out the wastage and uselessness of 

The next two exhibits were on 
the history of the book from re- 
productions owned by the Library, 
was of oriental manuscripts, the next of 
examples of first and second century print- 
ing. This series of displays will continue 
throughout the year, between other ex- 
hibits, and culminate in an exhibit of mod- 
ern printing at the end of the year. 

Following this exhibit was the Chicago 
Oriental Institute's display of ancient 
Egyptian painting made by Nina Davis 
from the originals, most of which are still 
in place on tomb or temple walls. There 
were many scenes of everyday life as well 
as of court life. The exquisite color and 
interest of the technique and subject-mat- 
ter were very unusual and appealing. 

Appearing in the periodical room, there 
was a very interesting group of reproduc- 
tions of modern French paintings from the 
Museum of Western Art in Moscow. Fol- 
lowing this display was shown a group of 
caricatures of Daumier and drawings of 
Goya along with modern newspaper car- 

One of the most noteworthy art exhibits 
of the current year was in the periodical 
room for two weeks, beginning the 16th 
of November. This featured the work of Al- 
fred Hutty, modern American painter and 
etcher. It consisted of twenty-eight prints, 


etchings and dry points, and two large oils 
entitled ''Old Houses on East Bay" and 
"Along the Canal." Mr. Hutty, already 
well known as a painter, has, during the 
last four years, rapidly risen to prominence 
as an etcher. His works are tound in per- 
manent collections of art museums and in 
private collections both here and abroad. 
He is very sensitive to the beauty of nature, 
and he brings to his subject die strength of 
his own emotional response to die glories 
of the outdoors. 

A very popular exhibit at Sweet Briar, 
and one which has been in part repeated 
because of its popularity, is modern photo- 
graphy. The exhibit is put out by a 
French firm and is part of a set edited by 
the Arts et Meitiers Graphiques of Paris 
The pictures represent the best photo- 
graphic work of Germany, France and 
America and are very interesting. They 
range from action pictures through por- 
traits to strange compositions of inanimate 
objects, fascinating and unusual. 

During the first two weeks in December 
there has been an exhibition of a "Portrait 
of a Man" by Ambrosius Benson, a painter 
of the Flemish School of the sixteendi 
century. This picture is loaned to the Art 
Department by M. Knoedler Company, In- 
corporated, of New 7 York. 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1936 

Friday Night at Sweet Briar 

By Mary Helen Frueauff, 1937 

r riday night at Sweet Briar — candles 
flickering in the refectory and to add to the 
generally festive air, the lilt of a piano 
throughout dinner — then after dinner cof- 
fee with Y. W. in Reid parlors — and finally 
the big event of the week. At eight o'clock 
the chapel lights are dimmed, and for all 
too brief a time the lecturer or musician 
carries us away to far places, throws us for 
a moment into the current of the world 
that is slipping by beyond our campus. 

Our first concert this year, October 2, 
was by the Boston Sinfonietta, with Arthur 
Fiedler conducting. These sixteen men, 
regular members of the Boston Symphony, 
play with excellent ensemble and technical 
skill and were very enthusiastically re- 
ceived on this, their fifth visit. The first 
half of the program consisted of the Brand- 
enburg Concerto No. 1 of J. S. Bach, and 
Mozart's Jupiter Symphony — both admir- 
ably and brilliantly played. Bolzoni's 
Minuet in B for Strings was the encore to 
this section. The second part of the pro- 
gramme was made up of Samazeuilh's 
Divertissement et Musette, and Lazar's 
Musique pour Radio, representing the mod- 
ern school, and the Two Aubades of Lalo 
and suite, La Source, of Delibes, represent- 
ing the salon type. The encores to this sec- 
tion were Bach's Air on the G String, the 
Mosquito Dance of Paul White, and the 
Sixth Hungarian Dance of Brahms. 

On October 9, we were brought into 
the midst of world affairs through a lecture 
by Rennie Smith, English statesman, journ- 
alist and authority on international affairs 
and relations. His subject was Nations in 
Upheaval and in his opening statement, he 
declared that never before has there been 
a time when everyone was, and of necessity 
had to be, so concerned with international 
relations. He emphasized the fact that a 
break in these relations would mean war. 
The struggle in Spain, according to Mr. 
Smith, is, on a smaller scale, the one which 
threatens outside of Spain — the struggle be- 
tween Communism and Bolshevism on the 

one hand, and Nazism and Fascism on the 
other. In conclusion, Mr. Smith presented 
an opinion held by many who are familiar 
with the European conditions: that the up- 
heaval is primarily a religious one, since 
these political credos are their followers' 
religion. The outcome, following this idea, 
can only be a second world war as the be- 
liefs are irreconcilable. Our only hope is 
to find a medium ground or religion to fol- 
low, and to be prepared to see Communism 
and Nazism occupying the greater part of 
the map. 

The 16th of October Miss Margaret Ban- 
ister, '16, talked on the subject Virginia 
Plantations and their Evolution, on the 
behalf of the newly formed Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Club. She pointed out that plan- 
tation civilization was based on the social 
and economic needs of the section and died 
because it functioned on the institutional 
wrong of slavery. Remnants of the beauty 
and spirit of this civilization linger for us 
in its houses. Among the plantations Miss 
Banister described and of which she showed 
colored slides, were Shirley, famous for its 
woodwork and panellings, Mount Vernon, 
Monticello, and finally Sweet Briar, the 
only plantation to have developed into a 
college. Others discussed were Arlington 
now a national cemetery, Belvoir, an army 
post, and Rosewell, which has been 

It is not always necessary to import 
artists to our campus. On October 23, Miss 
Rood and Mr. Zechiel of our own music 
department gave a delightful program of 
sonatas for piano and violin, by Hayden 
and Beethoven, two of the greatest sonata 
writers in musical history. The first num- 
ber was Sonata No. 1 in G major by Hay- 
den; the second, Sonata No. 4 in A major. 
The last two numbers, by Beethoven, were 
even more enjoyable. They were the 
Sonata in D major No. 1 and No. 5 in F 
major. For an encore the artists offered a 
minuet from a Hayden sonata. 

On October 30 Harold Bauer gave a 
piano recital in the Chapel. The program 
opened with a set of pieces of Handel ar- 

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Alumnae News 


ranged by the artist. The interpretation of 
these, especially of Cour<mte and Piece, 
was marked by splendid clarity and pre- 
cision of tone, and Mr. Bauer presented 
them with delicacy and gaiety. In Beeth- 
oven's Moonlight Sonata Op. 27, No. 2. the 
sharp contrasts between the movements 
were emphasiz- 
ed and the last 
movement con- 
veyed a sense 
of musical con- 
tent combined 
with a dramatic 
use of technical 
effect. His third 
group contained 
The Sunken 
Cathedral b v 
Brahm's Capric- 
cio in B Minor, 
and Schumann's 
Novelette in D 
Major, No. 3. 
The program 
concluded with 
Schubert's love- 
ly G Flat Major 
and the C Sharp 
Minor Scherzo 
of Chopin. Mr. 
Bauer's playing 
is characterized 
by a dramatic 
style, rhythmic 
vitality and 
subtle changes 
of tone by 
which the audi- 
ence could not 
help being 
caught and held. 

As a conclusion to his week of dancing 
at Sweet Briar, Charles Weidman, Ameri- 
ca's foremost male dancer, accompanied by 
Jose Limon and George Bockman. pre- 
sented a concert in the Gymnasium on Nov- 
ember 6. The program opened with a de- 
monstration of dance technique which was 
done with a finished style and which kept 
the audience constantly on the alert. Fol- 



lowing this there was a group of dances 
including Conversion and Affirmation from 
Quest, Declaration by Mr. Weidman alone, 
Danza by Mr. Limon, a Kinetic Pantomime 
by Mr. Weidman, and Cancion Y Danza by 
Mr. Limon. Outstanding on the program 
were the Men's Dance and Traditions, pre- 
sented by all 
three dancers. 
The entire con- 
cert was nota- 
ble for its 
strength of rhy- 
thm, freedom of 
action, and 
unity of mind 
and body. The 
recital was a 
living thing to 
which no one 
could remain 
indifferent. A 
depth of feeling 
and understand- 
ing of motion 
were ever-pres- 
ent, and their 
art and tech- 
nique were 
fluent to the 
point of perfec- 
tion. The spec- 
tators readily 
sensed the feel- 
ing of vital in- 
terest and con- 
centration that 
the dancers 
ihem s e Ives 
maintained for 
each other 
throughout the 
On Friday 
evening, the 13th of November, Ernst Tol- 
ler, exiled German playwright, poet and 
lecturer, spoke here on the subject "Are 
You Responsible for Your Times?" This 
lecture dealt with present conditions in 
Europe and the possibilities for future 
peace. His material was taken from his 
own experiences in the War and later as a 
political prisoner in Germany. He attacked 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1936 

the policy of glorifying war, of making it a 
supreme honor to die for one's country. 
War is to be countenanced only when it 
comes to defend the liberty of one's country. 
The entire audience was much moved and 
impressed by Mr. Toller's vehement and 
impassioned appeal for peace. His sin- 
cerity was felt deeply by everyone. 

On November 20, Ernst Wolff, a famous 
young German musician, came to us. He 
gave a delightful program of German Lie- 
der — tuneful and human in lyric emotion. 
These Lieder represent a true marriage of 
melody and words. His first group of 
songs consisted of Si Tra I Ceppi (from 
Berenice), Alma Mia and Arioso (Dank 
Sei Dir, Heir), all by Handel. These were 
followed by three songs by Schubert, 
Fruhlingstraum, Die Post, and Standchen 
I Horch, Horch I . Mr. Wolff next sang Der 
Himmel Hat Eine Trane Geweint and Pro- 
venzialisches Lied by Schumann, and 
Franz' Im Rhein Im Heiligen Strome, Gute 
Nacht, and Bitte. Hugo Wolf's Verschwei- 
gene Liebe followed and then Standchen by 
Brahms. He concluded his program with 
Zueignung and Heimliche Aufforderung by 
Strauss. Mr. Wolff was notable because of 

the power and spirit with which he ren- 
dered each song. He played his own ac- 
companiment, and remarkably well. It is 
interesting to note that until recently Mr. 
Wolff conducted the Frankfort - Main 
Opera, and that he was brought to this 
country by Max Reinhardt. Besides being 
a finished singer, he is an accomplished 
pianst and accompanist. 

A special entertainment was given on 
Thanksgiving night by Mr. Paul Fleming, 
well-known magician. Mr. Fleming, who 
divides his time between being professor of 
economics at the University of Pennsyl- 
vania and one of the most prominent plat- 
form magicians, offered a bewildering as- 
sortment of magic including the East In- 
dian "Mango Tree" trick, legerdemain, 
mind-reading, pseudo - spiritualism and 
stage illusions. Part of his program con- 
sisted of spiritualistic demonstrations by 
which Mr. Fleming, while frankly stating 
they were tricks, approached in effect some 
of the results obtained by spirit mediums 
which have piqued the interest and won the 
attention of the American Society for Psy- 
chical Research. 

The More Abundant Life 

-A.S WE SEE the seniors pounding pell- 
mell up and down the walks, rushing from 
one class to another, flinging themselves, 
in late for committee meetings, and blink- 
ing over their books until far into the 
night, we are tempted to speculate again 
on the possibilities of a more leisurely 
senior year. Could not the heavy going 
come as sophomores and juniors, leaving 
the last year one in which the student 
would have more time for friendships, for 
outside reading, and — perhaps — for just 
plain thinking? 

Or, maybe better — add a year, in which 

the student could forget all about bread- 
and-butter courses, could browse in the 
libraries, take in all the visiting lecturers, 
get acquainted with the unforgettable char- 
acters of the faculty? 

And there is something to be said in 
favor of a more leisurely freshman year. 
Many a freshman has silently stolen away 
a few weeks after arriving, not necessarily 
because he didn't have what it takes but 
because he had to have it too nearly all 
at once and too unexpectedly. Let him go 
at it more gradually — and more abund- 

December, 1936 Alumnae News 23 

Of Books No End 

Under the Direction of the Educational Committee oj the Sweet Briar Branch 
of the American Association oj University \\ omen 

1 o meet the taste of the music lover and to offer guidance in the development of 
musical appreciation Mr. Alfred Finch has kindly supplied the follovnng suggestions. 
Recommended especially for beginners: 

Listening to Music, Douglas S. Moore. Norton, 1932. 

No previous training in music is required to understand the material con- 
tained in this book. Technical matter is stated as simply as possible and 
no technical terms are taken for granted. 

The Appreciation oj Music, Roy D. Welch. Harper, 1928. 

The musical training outlined is that which comes from practice in listen- 
ing to music and learning to judge it independently. 

The Appreciation oj Music. D. G. Mason and T. W. Surrette, Gray. 

Volumes I-V, a course of study for general readers. 

Two excellent histories of music are: 

Music Through the Ages, M. Bauer and E. R. Peyser. Putman, 1932. 

A narrative for student and layman, beginning with the earliest music and 
musical instruments and continuing down to the present. 

The Study oj the History oj Music, E. Dickinson. Scribner, 1908. 

Contains an annotated guide to music literature. 

Some interesting biographies and books on special studies or periods of musical 
art are: 

Beethoven, the Creator, Romain Rolland. Harper, 1929. 

The great creative epochs: 1, from the Eroica to the Appassionata. Trans- 
lated by Ernest Newman. 

Bee hoven. the Man Who Freed Music, R. H. Schauffler. Doubleday, Doran. 

A modern biography of Beethoven, the musician, and Beethoven, the man. 

Mozart, M. Davenport. Scribner, 1932. 

This has been described as "a carefully documented account of one of the 
most extraordinary and most persistently misrepresented personalities of 

The Little Chronicle of Magdalena Buck, E. H. Maynell. Doubleday, Doran, 

Mrs. Meynell tells the story of the life and music of Sebastian Bach 
through the mouth of his gentle wife. 

My Musical Lije, Rimsky-Korsakov. Knopf, 1924. 

Translated from the revised second Russian edition by Judah A. Joffe; 
edited with an introduction by Carl Van Vech'en. Covers practically the 
whole history of art-music in Russia — 1844-1906. 

Twentieth Century Music, M. Bauer. Putman, 1933. 

This book is offered as "an attempt to guide the rapidly growing army of 
listeners in concert halls and over the air through some of the paths along 
which the music of the twentieth century is traveling." 

Afro-American Folk Songs, H. E. Krebhiel. Schirmer, 1914. 
A study in racial national music. 

The Orchestral Instruments and What They Do, D. G. Mason. Gray, 1909. 
A primer for concert goers. 

First and Second Book of Operas, H. E. Krebhiel. Garden City Publishing Co. 
Their histories, plots, and music. 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1936 

Y. W. C. A. Activities 

(Editor's Note: Ellen Lee Snodgrass is our Manson Memorial Alumnae Scholar this year.) 

By Ellen Lee Snodgrass, President 

1 ODAY when anyone asks a Briarite 
what the Y. W. C. A. at Sweet Briar does 
the answer is invariably Social Service 
Work. In truth no one can be at Sweet 
Briar for even a short time without real- 
izing how important a part the Y. W. is 
playing in Amherst County, but we are by 
no means neglecting our work on campus. 

One of our first j obs of course is to help 
the freshmen adjust themselves to college 
life. We do this chiefly by assigning an 
upperclassman to erch freshman to be her 
student associate. The opening reception 
which we give the new students helps the 
old and new students to get acquainted. 

Soon after college opens in the fall the 
freshmen are introduced to the work of the 
Y. W. C. A. at a series of teas which are 
given in the Boxwood Gardens and at which 
the heads of the various committees in 
talking to small groups of girls tell them 
what their committee is doing. 

At present we have eleven committees 
with about two hundred girls signed up to 
work on them. Those girls who work on 
the Indian Mission Committee, one of the 
most popular of the eleven, go in groups of 
five once a week to the Mission to teach and 
to play games with the children. In addi- 
tion to this we hope now to do some work 
with the boys and girls who are out of 
school and with their parents. 

Every Friday afternoon Sweet Briar en- 
tertains some of the Amherst county chil- 
dren. The Y. W. C. A. Committee in 
charge of this supervises the games, teaches 
the girls to sew and to knit and conducts 
other activities for both boys and girls. At 
the Colored School in Amherst we find 
another committee working with children. 
Last year a movie was given in the Sweet 
Briar Chapel for the little colored boys and 
girls. For many of them it was their first. 
Of course in all these committees working 
with the "younger set" we find parties plan- 
ned when the various holidays roll around. 

The Traveling Library Committee this 
year has been given some shelves in the 
new stacks where we have about 200 chil- 
dren's books which we send out in groups 
of from 15 to 20 books to the various 
schools in the county. These books may 
be kept for a month and are then returned 
to be sent out again. 

So much for our work with the children. 
In dealing with our work with adults we 
find the committee on Activities for Wait- 
resses as one agent. This committee meets 
regularly with the waitresses and in addi- 
tion to the Current Events talks which it 
arranges it has made it possible for these 
girls to receive a daily newspaper and 
some magazines. In Monroe one of the 
Y committees meets with the Woman's 
Club to offer suggestions for their work 
and to co-operate with them in whatever 
they do. 

Thanksgiving and Christmas are very 
busy times for the Collection Committee 
which sends out baskets of food to some of 
the homes in Amherst. This group also 
collects and distributes old clothes to those 
in need. 

But the work of the Y. W. C. A. is not 
confined to the work of these committees. 
We, for one thing, are trying to promote 
better student-faculty relationships by hold- 
ing coffee hours once a month to which all 
students and faculty are invited. 

Our contacts with the National Y. W. C. 
A. are being strengthened by sending stu- 
dents to summer conferences. For some 
years now Sweet Briar has sent represen- 
tatives to the Blue Ridge Student's Confer- 
once. For a change to another section for 
broadening and enriching effects in the 
past year two girls were sent to the Silver 
Bay Conference in New York. This seemed 
so worthwhile that we hope next year to 
have a larger delegation at Silver Bay to 
meet girls from Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Well- 
esley, Goucher, and colleges in New York 
State to discuss common problems and to 
exchange ideas. 

December, 1936 

Alumnae News 


Alumnae Relatives Among New Students 

The following list is based on new students entering Sweet Briar in 1936: 




Jeanne Bradshaw Daughter of Evelyn Molly Bradshaw, Academy 

Anne Mason Cooke Daughter of ...Antoinette Camp Hagood, '16 

Mary Gregg Daughter of Juliette Kirker Gregg, Academy 

Niece of Rachel Gregg de Clairmont, ex-'lo 

Elizabeth Mercer .Daughter of Bessie Wheless Mercer, Academy 

Hazel Sterritt Daughter of Hazel Marshall Sterritt, Academy 

Helen Taylor Daughter of Alma Booth Taylor, '11 

Constance Williams Daughter of Florence Halback Williams, Academy 

Florence Bailey Sister 

Helen Corn well ..Sister 

Jane Furniss jSister 

Elizabeth Lee Sister 


Clara MacRae Sister 


Seri Ellen Mitchell Sister 

Frances Moses Sister 

Frances Benedine Newby Sister 

Marion C. Phinizy Sister 

Martha Rector Sister 

Nida Tomlin Sister 

of Frances Bailey, 38 

of Margaret Cornwell, '37 

of Caroline Furniss, '36 

of Charlotte Lee Lauck, ex-'34 

of Martha Lee Poston, '30 

of Margaiet MacRae, '37 

of Anne MacRae, '32 

of Elizabeth MacRae Goddard, '31 

of Jane Mitchell, '35 

of Mary Moses, ex-'34 

of - Eddina Newby, '37 

of Logan Phinizy, 36 

of ...Baylis Rector Love, ex-'34 

of Elizabeth Tomlin, ex-'37 

Mary Jane Burnett Niece of Eugenia Griffin Burnett's husband, '10 

Grace Robinson ...Niece of Constance Rodman Robinson, Academy 

Anne C. Thomas... Niece of ..Mary Chantler Hubbard, '23 

Elizabeth Torrey Niece of.. Bessie Grammer Torrey, '13 

Rosemary A. Bjorge Cousin 

Maria Burroughs Cousin 

Margaret Caperton Cousin 

Muriel Joy Carter Cousin 

Anna Mae Feuchtenberger Cousin 

Emory Gill— Cousin 


Alverta Hill Cousin 

Mary Johnston Cousin 

Virginia Leggett Cousin 


Shirley Nalley Cousin 

Clara Neel Cousin 

Cynthia Noland Cousin 

Clara Sasscer Cousin 

Janetta A. Smith Cousin 

Mary Elda Stein Cousin 

Harriet Walters... Cousin 

of Frances Martin, Academy 

of Helen M. Baker Waller, ex-'15 

of Bertha Pfister Wailes, '17 

of Glen Worthington, ex-'33 

of Patricia Balz, '39 

of Mildred Gill, '38 

of Lillian Lloyd Thayer, Academy 

of Alice Dabney Parker, '32 

of Margaret Sandidge, '37 

of Ann Parks, '39 

of - Yvonne Leggett, '39 

of ....Marion Leggett Case, ex-'37 

of Martha Gordy, '39 

of.. Nancy Hanna, '20 

of Helen Cary, '39 

of ...Lucy Gore, '37 

of ...Lucy A. Catlett, Academy 

of Helen Davis Mcllrath, '28 

of ..Marie Walker, '37 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1936 

Class Personals 


The following girls are lost. Please help us to 
keep our files up-to-date by sending in their cor- 
rect addresses: 

Abernathy, Dorothy; Adkins, Maria (Car- 
michael, Mrs. George) ; Anderson, Grace (Pleas- 
ance, Mrs. G. N.) ; Barr, Jeanette (Derby, Mrs. 
Arthur L.) ; Board, Dorothy (Kaiser, Mrs.) ; Bur- 
ton, Loma (Laughlin, Mrs. P. E.) ; Cassels, Gladys 
(Cone, Mrs. Carlton C.) ; Cofield, Elizabeth 
(Thornton, Mrs. John R.) ; Coleman, Ruth; Col- 
lier, Martha (Marbury, Mrs. D. M. Jr.) ; Crawford, 
Maury; Dutton, Elva (Clark, Mrs. W. W.) ; Effin- 
ger, Frances (Miller, Mrs. Shackleford) ; Eberle, 
Eleanor (Steuve, Mrs.) ; Fehr, Clarissa (Harris, 
Mrs. Desha) ; Finley, Dorcas; Fletcher, Helen 
(Hays, Mrs. Fred Negly) ; Fulton, Trot; Gray, 
Evelyn (Talmadge, Mrs. G. E.) ; Guggenheim, 
Hazel (Waldman, Mrs. Milton) ; Gwathmey, Mary 

Bess Key Chewning recently received her M.A. 
in Anthropology from the University of Texas. 
She is now working on her Ph.D. in Psychology 
which she hopes to get next year. Her thesis is 
"Temperamental Differences." 

Eliza Baxter Donnell has a daughter, born this 


Class Secretary, Frances Murrell Rickards 
(Mrs. Everingham), North Shore Point, Norfolk, 

. Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are '"lost"? 

Beyers, Florence; Bonier, Mallie (Younce, Mrs. 
G. E.) ; Royal!, Anne Keith. 

Class Secretary, Josephine Murray Joslin 
(Mrs. J. Whitman, Jr.), 200 West Madison Ave- 
nue, Johnstown, New York. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Austin, Aileen (Hays, Mrs. A. A.) ; Bell, Mary 
Louise; Caldwell, Emma Lee (Knox, Mrs. Jay) ; 
Carroll, Clara; Earle, Helen D. (Lyda, Mrs. E. 
R.) ; Haskins, Helen (Gesseler, Mrs. Rudolph). 

A letter from your class secretary says: "I am 
writing personal letters to a few of the class and 
will try and send you something in time for the 
next issue. I have been a Life Underwriter with 
the Equitable for the past four years and I love 
the work. My daughter Mary will graduate next 
year from high school and wants to go to Sweet 


Class Secretary, Loulie Wilson, 514 West 114th 
Street, New York City. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Bell, Margaret (Comfort, Mrs. R. W.) ; Boley, 
Margaret (Sullivan, Mrs. Walter) ; Byers, Flor- 

ence (Williams, Mrs. W. H.) ; Cobb, Margaret 
(Perkins, Mrs. Robert M.). 

Estelle Weslow Pollok's daughter, Jane, grad- 
uated from Northwestern University in June. On 
October 30 she was married to Mr. Sam Bensinger 
of Washington, D. C. They were married in 
Chicago at the Lake Shore Athletic Club. 


Class Secretary, Mary Pinkerton Kerr (Mrs. 
James), 410 College Place, Washington, North 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Alexander, Jeanne (Cook, Mrs. H. Barton) ; 
Bailey, Almeria; Beall, Anne; Bowman, Lillian 
(Murrell, Mrs. T. E.) ; Dale, Virginia (Gerger, 
Mrs. Howard, Jr.) ; Denham, Sara (Warren, Mrs. 
L. A.); Graves, Juliette (Corie, Mrs. J. W.) ; 
Harris, Mildred; Huff, Julia (Bedford, Mrs. 
Henry) ; Maury, Isabel; Summers, Frances; Wat- 
son, Mertie; Wheless, Adelaide (Bollman, Mrs. 


Class Secretary, Ruth Maurice Gorrell (Mrs. 
E. S. ) , 360 Westminster Road, Lake Forest, Illi- 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Blount, Mollie; Bradford, Walker (Bledsoe, 
Mrs. Thomas A.) ; Heggie, Lucille; Hines, lone 
(Durbin. Mrs. O. T.) ; Miller, Sallie R. (Bennett, 
Mrs. John R.) ; Moss, Marjorie (Taliaferro, Mrs. 
J. G.). 


Class Secretary, Harriet Evans Wychoff 
(Mrs. C. Bernard), 3253 S Street, N. W., Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Baker, Elizabeth (Sprague, Mrs. Curtis) ; Ban- 
nister, Edna Marie (Kline, Mrs. George L.) ; 
Bayly, Eva (Bittner, Mrs. S. B.) ; Blakeley, Pearl; 
Brazelton, Alice (Peterson, Mrs. Israel) ; Bryan, 
Mary Shepherd ; Burns, Catherine ; Dabney, Doro- 
thy; Dabney, Virginia (Kendall, Mrs. Clarence) ; 
Davis, Emma (Kuykendall, Mrs. S. J.) ; Dickson, 
Dorothy (Hart, Mrs. F. Gordon). 


Class Secretary, Felecia Patton, Beechmoor, 
Catlettsburg, Kentucky. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Bacharach, Marian (Hoppe, Mrs. A. C.) ; Bar- 
bour, Florence; Baxter, Margaret; Bingham, Kath- 
leen (Bennett, Mrs. J. Bryan) ; Burleson, Lucy K. 
( Grimes, Mrs. Charles G. ) ; Cole, Olive ( Hogan, 
Mrs. Harry W.) ; Crawford, Helen L.; Dake, Mil- 
dred; Doherty, Kathleen; Hafner, Eugenia; Saul, 
Gladys (Tetterson, Mrs. Robert F.I. 

December, 1936 

Alumnae News 



Class Secretary, Rachel Lloyd Holton (Mrs. 
Hoyt), 2318 Densmore Drive, Toledo, Ohio.- "• 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Bertraml, Dorothy; Bolinger, Elizabeth; Bow- 
man, Beatrice (Varnon, Mrs. Tom) ; Cann, Flor- 
ence (Seamen, Mrs. Blecker P.) ; Chapin, Flor- 
ence (Tyler, Mrs. H. M.) ; Deutsch, Dorothy; 
Whittet, Bessie (Towson, Mrs. J. W.) ; Williams, 
Jessie (Thompson, Mrs. Lloyd). 

Genie Steele Hardy is Southern Vice-President 
of the American Legion Auxiliary. She attended 
the Cleveland convention held in September. 


Class Secretary, Marcaret McVey, 1417 Grove 
Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Boettchler, Ruth (Robertson, Mrs. Lake) ; 
Burch, Imogene (Wolcott, Mrs. Roger) ; Farrar, 
Helen (del Costello, Mrs. Harold); Harrison, 


Class Secretary, Mrs. Marion Sanders, 585 
Union Street, Wytheville, Pennsylvania. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Benson, Winifred; Earnest, Frances; Johns, 
Mary Wharton (Coleman, Mrs. Randolph) ; Mil- 
ler, Virginia; Wilson, Lucy (Dunlop, Mrs. Rich- 
ard L.). 


Class Secretary, Dorothy Wallace, Gimle Hall, 
Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Adams. Emma; Guilbert, Julia; Johns, Helen; 
Johnson, Doris (Nagel, Mrs. Henry) ; Jones, Edna 
(Reed, Mrs. J. W.) ; Walker, Helen. 


Class Secretary, Maynette Rozelle Stephen- 
son (Mrs. James A.), 1220 Hillcrest Road, South 
Bend, Indiana. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Ertel. Elizabeth (Brooks, Mrs. Francis) ; Evans, 
Alice; Greer, Oden; Gachurndt, Christine (Cam- 
lin. Mrs. Harold); Hawkins, Katherine (Baker, 
Mrs. F. F. I ; Leedom, Janet ; Powell, Dorothy. 

The following item appeared in the Scimitar, 
Memphis, Tennessee, newspaper under the date 
of November 10. "Back to the time when they 
were Lucille Warwick, Rhoda Allen and Jerry 
Ball, suitemates at Sweet Briar, will go Mrs. James 
McGehee of Memphis, Mrs. John F. Worden of 
Port Arthur, Texas, and Mrs. F. M. Bewsher of 
New Orleans, when the trio gathers for a ten-day 
reunion at Mrs. Bewsher's home in New Orleans. 
Mrs. McGehee, who leaves tonight for New Or- 
leans, is, of course, looking forward to seeing her 
former school chums again — the first time the 
three have been together since Sweet Briar days. 

Mrs. Bewsher recently moved to New Orleans from 
Tampa. With distances shortened the idea of get- 
ting together again developed. But college remi- 
niscences are sure to give way to reality of a grand 
time in the Crescent City . . . 'I'm going to spend 
my time eating oysters,' laughed Mrs. McGehee 
when questioned about her plans. And, of course, 
the famous eating places in New Orleans are not 
going to be omitted in the gay entertainment 
schedule for the visitors." 

Class Secreary, Burd Dickson Stevenson 
(Mrs. Frederick J.), 608 Maple Lane, Shields, 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Barr, Betty (Little, Mrs.) ; Born, Carrie; Case, 
Helen S. (Carroll, Mrs. Donald F.) ; Comer, Ruth; 
Day, Eula Eliz. (Powers, Mrs. Milton) ; Emer- 
son, Tressa Pond (Benson, Mrs. B. A.) ; Flagg, 
Mary S. ; Flourney, Eleanor (Parsons, Mrs. Bar- 
low F.) ; Foster, Florence May; Fuller, Juanita; 
Grossbeck, Marjorie Mary; Hodgkin, Ruth L. 
(Lang, Mrs. Samuel John) ; Lee, Mary Ashley 
(Smith, Mrs. Howard) ; Schnorbach, Elizabeth 
(Tackett, Mrs. M. F.). 


Class Secretary, Lavern McGee Olney (Mrs. 
Alfred C, Jr.), 425 C Avenue, Coronado, Cali- 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Beegel, Margaret (Kaiser, Mrs.) ; Gehris, Mar- 
garet (Miller, Mrs. Frank B.) ; Harmon, Mary 
(Pritchard, Mrs. R. Claude) ; Kemper, Mary M.; 
Malone, Mary Margaret (Haton, Mrs. Lanford) ; 
Massie, Helen M. (Stonall, Mrs. Wil S.) ; Nobles, 
Doris; Sleeper, Frances (Stone, Mrs. Tom) ; Tay- 
lor, Harmoline G. (Higginbotham, Mrs. Rufus) ; 
Tuttle, Katherine (Carnick, Mrs. Spencer). 

Dear '23: I let the time slip completely up on 
me, so no cards this month, but I have four nice 
correspondents to write about. 

The first one was from Katherine Weiser Eke- 
lund. I am ashamed to say she wrote in June, but 
her card was misplaced when I wrote my last 
letter, and have just located it. She and Dr. Eke- 
lund started out for the Annual Meeting of the 
American Medical Association, in Kansas City. 
There they were joined by her father and mother, 
and they all toured the Southwest and California. 
She said she was so disappointed not to see a 
single Sweet Briar girl. Well, Katherine, you 
might not have known where the other California 
Sweet Briar girls lived, but you did know where 
I lived, so — Boo! 

Jane Guinard Thompson's father came to spend 
a week-end with her in May, and passed away very 
unexpectedly. Late in the summer, she spent one 
week at Myrtle Beach and another at Atlantic 
City. She says Margaret Burwell Graves is in her 
new house. (Guess that's why you have been too 
busy to write, Maggie!) And that Alice Babcock 
has a new baby — boy or girl, I do not know! 

Lydia Purcell Wilmer wrote me in October that 
it had been impossible for her to answer my Sweet 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1936 

Briar card in September, as her house was upset 
from top to bottom with painters and paperhang- 
ers. She and Fred had a grand trip through New 
England this summer. While in Philadelphia this 
spring she saw Louisa Newkirk Steeble and her 
young daughter, and she was expecting a visit 
from Ada Tyler up from Virginia Beach about the 
time she wrote me. 

Now, two of you "23 should be ashamed of your- 
selves — you, Richie McGuire Boyd, most of all, for 
not telling me of the arrival of your son, James N. 
Boyd, II. Both Lydia and Jane wrote me about 

Lydia also had to tell me, Virginia Stanberry 
Schneider, of the gorgeous trip abroad you and 
Red had this summer, with a whole week in Lon- 
don and another one in Paris. This is a good time 
to "bless you out," Virginia — a good '23 member, 
who was both May Queen and Student Body Presi- 
dent, never to have written one line to your poor, 
struggling secretary — want my job? 

My best news comes from one far away, Dorothy 
Job Robinson, in England, and I have my last let- 
ter in the Sweet Briar News to thank for receiving 
such a nice one from her. Her mother and sister 
Jane — who was a sophomore at Sweet Briar last 
year — went over to visit her this summer. Soon 
after they left, Margaretta Tuttle spent a week- 
end with Dorothy, and she reports that Margaretta 
is just the same, only much thinner, and that sev- 
eral people thought she was twenty-two! That's 
keeping one's years, Margaretta! Bertha Lang- 
well Mercer is married to a Scot (Mr. Mercer, 1 
presume), and Dorothy has been up to visit her 
twice, and says "Miss Bertha" (as we called her 
when she was at Sweet Briar) is very kind to all 
the Sweet Briar girls who go to St. Andrew's Uni- 

Dorothy sees Amy Williams Hunter every now 
and then, and she met Margaret Kreidler Ivey at 
Helen Finch's apartment in London. Her young 
daughter, Alice, is twelve now, and she hopes to 
send her to Sweet Briar. She is a member of the 
Pony Club, of the Pembrokeshire Hunt, and is 
captain of the Second Eleven Hockey Team of her 
school, and has won two silver cups for being 
Junior Champion at sports for the past two years. 
I should say that such a good athlete must go to 
Sweet Briar, Dorothy, and we truly hope she does. 

I never did tell you where Dorothy lives — Pen 
Byrn, Milford Haven, England — but they expect 
to spend Christmas in London, and she is looking 
forward, shortly after that, to a visit from Dr. 
Harley, on her World Tour. A million thanks, 
Dorothy, for your grand letter, — I, too, hope that 
we will meet again at Sweet Briar. 

I warn the rest of you, I am going to be well 
ahead of time with my cards in February, (have 
already bought them ) , and I expect many and 
copious answers. 


Class Secretary, Elizabeth Pape Mercur (Mrs. 
Frederick), 455 High Street, Bethlehem, Penn- 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Brede, Marie (Brown, Mrs. Lawrence E.) ; Buhl, 

Kate W. (Sweet, Mrs. Philip) ; Covington, Mar- 
garet; Dobbs, Dorothy L. ; Dreyfuss, Hilda (Van 
Proag, Mrs. Benjamen ) ; Hamburger, Frances ; 
Kimball, Jydia (Maxam, Mrs. Robert) ; Marshall, 
Celia (Miller, Mrs. Robert A.) ; Marshall, Maiy 
D. (Hobson, Mrs. J. A.) ; Sikes, Eleanor. 

Class Secretary, Jane Becker Clippinger (Mrs. 
John C. ) , 4021 LaCrosse Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Billings, Virginia G. ; Bullington, Pauline L. ; 
Gates, Ruth D. (Levee, Mrs. C. H.) ; Goodlove, 
Lycebeth (Wood, Mrs. J. 0.) ; Martin, Louise 
Erwin; Meriwether, Elizabeth (Benson, Mrs. F. 
Ashley) ; Schwab, Constance (Freyser, Mrs. Loren 
H.) ; Way, Evelyn. 

Is my face red! Many apologies for a zero '25 
news column in the last Alumnae News, but 
where oh where were your letters? You will 
probably have the snappy comeback, "Where were 
your cards?" Well my optimism over the summer 
was unfounded — so hence the belated cards; 
which I hope gave you all guilty consciences! 

In October John and I journeyed to Cleveland 
to see Fran and Lou Mellen and had ourselves a 
grand time. Fran has a darling house, two cute 
children and a very swell husband — and "a good 
time was had by all." Fran and I talked endlessly 
assuring one another that neither had changed and 
#ere "just girls again." While there, I saw Ruth 
Abel who was as attractive as ever and Mary 
Hauck who gave me an acute inferiority complex 
— she does all sorts of things — looks like a million 
dollars and has three children besides, while I 
don't seem to get my head above water after chas- 
ing just two very busy little girls. It was a grand 
weekend full of "Remember whens." 

Ruth Taylor Franklin wrote that while she had 
no real news, she was writing out of the bigness 
of her heart to your poor struggling Class Secre- 
tary because she appreciated what it was to draw 
blanks when she wrote as Class Agent — and did 
I appreciate it! The young fry in Ruthie's family 
keep her awfully busy! 

Mary Reed Hartshorn was another old faithful, 
and said that she had seen Ida Bues and Helen 
Bartz who had recently moved to Milwaukee. 
Mary's Mary Ann and Teddy keep her on the run 
and she also seemed concerned about a recent ton- 
sillectomy which achieved an almost too complete 
recovery by giving too many curves to the "girlish 
figure." Try bending exercises, Mary — they're 
bad, but effective! 

Popie has moved back to Cleveland from Akron, 
where she had been active in various and sundry 
clubs and organizations, and was in the throes of 
getting oriented back to Cleveland. She was so 
happy to be near Flora again, who has a young 
daughter, and Aunt Maiy Nadine sounded both 
enthusiastic and busy. 

Laura Darragh McConnell wrote me a grand let- 
ter. She now lives at 1265 Park Place, Beaver, 
Pennsylvania. She also enclosed a photograph 
of her young son two and a half, and he's a darl- 
ing. Thanks Laura for the awfully nice letter. 

December, 1936 

Alumnae News 


It was such fun hearing from you all, won't 
more of you get the habit? I do hope to answer 
soon, but won't promise just when, as we are, j 
building a new house and this week we are tearing 
off to New York for a belated vacation and plan 
to stay for the Yale-Harvard game — So, Cheerio — 
and please, more letters. 




Class Secretary, Margaret Malone McClem- 
ents (Mrs. James B., Jr.), 5640 Aylesboro Ave- 
nue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are '"lost"? 

Acomb, Cora Mae; Allen, Mildred; Barrow, 
Sidney A.; Brown, Annette (King, Mrs. Ken- 
neth I : Bruce, {Catherine (Rogers, Mrs. Thomas) ; 
Gatchell, Frances C. ; Hobgood, Margaret; Lips- 
comb. Dorothy (Lee, Mrs. Robert Everett); Mc- 
pherson. Janice R. ; Martin, Miriam; Matthew, 
Elizabeth Anne; Mitchell, Anne (Valentine, Mrs. 
D. W. I ; Moore, Ruth E.; Nisbet, Martin. 

After bragging about all the new babies for this 
issue, it turns out to be like the Toronto Baby 
Derby — they simply didn't arrive in time. I'm 
pretty mad about the whole thing but guess there 
is nothing I can do. 

The last Pittsburgh Sweet Briar meeting was 
at Dot McKee Abney's so I'm well posted on her 
and her doings. How I happened to omit her 
name from the Fund Sub-Agents, I can't under- 
stand — because she has been dunning me all fall. 

Dot moved back to Pittsburgh from Texas after 
her husband's death almost two years ago and is 
quite an addition to our Sweet Briar Club here. 
Her children are darling. Hamp is six and goes 
to school, and Barbara is two and a half and looks 
like a cherub. Dot showed me the tenth re-union 
picture taken on the steps at Sweet Briar House. 
Both Sweet Briar House and the class look very 
handsome. In another ten years, the steps won't 
hold us. 

Our London branch, Helen Finch Halford and 
Margaret Krieder Ivy, had a fall meeting with 
Helen showing her movies of Commencement and 
also of her trip to the West Coast. This is posi- 
tively the last word about Commencement. I'm 
sick of it too. 

Edna Lee Wood spent September and October 
in the West, returning by way of Texas, Memphis, 
and Sweet Briar. She stayed in Texas a week 
speaking at girls' schools for S. B., which, by the 
way, she does very well. I heard her in Pittsburgh 
two years ago and was impressed. 

Old, secondhand news that was new to me is 
that Margaret Catterall is Mrs. Gordon Mills and 
has one daughter. Also Josephine Goodlett has 
married Mr. C. C. Strain and is living in Tupelo, 

Dot Keller Illff came to Pittsburgh for her 
father's birthday in October. (Mine was in Octo- 
ber too and I'm enjoying my twilight years no 
end.) Dot practically commutes between here and 
Denver, and as little side trips, she has been to 
California. Canada, Oregon, and on a horseback 
trip to Hallet's Glacier, which is probably west of 


You will be near the Capitol, the 
Library of Congress, Folger Shake- 
speare Library and Supreme Court. 
Within easy distance of Theatre and 
Shopping Districts. 

Located Within the Shadow of the 
Capitol's Dome 

Single Rooms . . . $2 to $5 

Double Rooms . . . $4 to $8 

Including Full Hotel Service 

Without Tips 


N. Capitol and E Streets, N. W. 
Washington, D. C. 

An Abbott Hotel 

Write for booklet "How to Spend a Day or 
Week in Washington" 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1936 

the Mississippi as far as I'm concerned. She sees 
Helen Dunleavy Mitchell frequently. He'en lives 
on a ranch in Cimmaron, New Mexico. Dot also 
saw Mary Stoddard in Chicago in May. Mary was 
at their home in the Thousand Islands all summer. 

Dorothy Jones Madano is living in Cambridge. 
Her husband is a Harvard professor, no less. 

Martha Close Page's new. address is 923 Max- 
well Avenue, East Grand Rapids, Michigau. Dot 
Bailey Hughes's is 1609 Garland Street, Flint, 
Michigan. And wouldn't you think she and Mar- 
tie could almost throw stones at each other? No. 
Flint and Grand Rapids are at opposite sides of 
the state. 

Christine Thomas Nuzum (ex-"26) was in Balti- 
more not so long ago and had lunch with Dottie 
Hamilton Davis and Bobby Rich Adams. Dottie 
is expecting Mew White for a short visit the end 
of November. Mew has just bobbed her hair for 
the first time. 

Helen Hazeltine is teaching at the University 
of Chicago. And to think I can't even do third 
grade arithmetic problems the modern way. 

Peggy Douglas Rushton was married on October 
the thirtieth to Mr. Rhea Whitley. They are liv- 
ing in the Wardman Park Hotel, Apartment 200K, 
in Washington. Peggy was divorced last spring 
from Allen Rushton. 

Martha Bachman McCoy's long silence was 
easily explained by the fact that she is personal 
maid to a donkey given by a doting grandfather 
to Sally McCoy, aged three. The donkey's name 
is Yvonne and she eats the scraps from the table. 

And I guess that's all I know. 

Margaret Malone McClements. 

Margaret Reinhold is secretary of the New York 
Sweet Briar Club. 


Class Secretary, Pauline Payne, 233 Kevin 
Place, Toledo, Ohio. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Adams, Maude; Ademova, Bozena; Allen, Lois; 
Boyd, Beatrice; Brady. Elizabeth (Lockwood, Mrs. 
Harold Greening) ; Gulick, Gertrude; Johnson, 
Catherine; Koob, Eleanor; Nash, Eugenie (Lan- 
ham, Mrs. Sam) ; Rott, Louise (Swendeman, Mrs. 
George B.) ; Williams, Bettina. 

Nar Warren Taylor has been elected president 
of the Personnel Guidance Club at Columbia Uni- 
versity. She is working for her M.A. in the field 
of secondary education. 


Class Secretary, Helen Davis McIlrath (Mrs. 
W. H.l, 1518 West 4th Street, Muscatine, Iowa. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Adams, Helen; Anderson, Gertrude (Molster, 
Mrs. William A.) ; Douglas, Elizabeth E.) ; Hip- 
pie, Virginia (Bauger, Mrs. John) ; Lewis, Bar- 
bara deZouche (Maxwell, Mrs. Bernard) ; McWil- 
liams, Margaret (Walsh, Mrs. John); Meyer, 
{Catherine; Nichols, Maty; Talbot, Susan (Keep- 
er, Mrs. C. T. S.) ; Walker, Phyllis. 

Dear '28: I hate to think as little happens to 
the class of '28 as my mail indicates. Would that 

some of you would break down and send a bit of 
news. Those of you with "wee ones" to run after 
are forgiven — I know how 'tis — but surely you 
can't all have that excuse. 

Old man stork visited several of our number — 
Betty Prescott Balch has another son, Richard 
Horrocks, Jr., born on July 9th. '"This," says 
Betty, "evens the score at two boys and two girls." 

Flora Pope Bruce has a daughter, Flora Sar- 
gent, better known as "Bonnie." 

Elizabeth Gwinn Stillman was here not long ago 
and she brought much news of Huntington folk. 
Katty McMahon is teaching school near Hunting- 

Please, let's break the silence and tell about 
ourselves. And donate to the Fund. 

Helen Davis McIlrath. 

Susan B. Jelley, ex-'28, is president of the New 
York Sweet Briar Club. 


Class Secretary, Anna Torian, 1802 North Tal- 
bott Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Bacon, Elizabeth (Tattent, Mrs. John B. ); 
Bourne, Carolyn; Brent, Anne Mason (Winn, Mrs. 
John B, Jr.); Burge, Alfreda M.; Crowe, Jean 
(Hutcheson, Mrs. Lewis) ; Dillion, Jane (John- 
ston, Mrs. Richard) ; Firestone, Kathleen (Tyn- 
dall, Mrs. R. I ; Geaiy, Jane A. (McGhee, Mrs. 
Frank); Godbey, Ella S. (Jasper, Mrs. W. H., 
Jr.) ; Green, Margaret F. ; Lamb, Katherine; La- 
Neive, Virginia ( Walker, Mrs. John K. ) ; Mard- 
ham, Dorothy; MiUiken, Milley A. W., Jr.; Wil- 
kinson, Elizabeth (Williamson, Mrs. J. Saun- 
ders) ; Woods, Elizabeth (Bishop, Mrs. J. C). 

Our much traveled and far famed Miss Guigon 
spent the month of June dancing at a swank new 
Penthouse Club in Dallas, Texas. After a few 
days at home in July, she went to New York; and, 
between engagements, visited Madeline Brown 
Wood at Iona Island, New York. Marg Cramer, 
"Peewee" Payne, Grace Sunderland Kane, Connie 
Van Ness, Willie Woodward Davier, and Merritt 
Murphy Green also "reuned" with them. As I 
understand it, each felt that she had made great 
strides since the good old days at S. B. C, a 
conclusion apparently arrived at after the exhi- 
bition of old annuals and snapshots. 

After many years of hopeful waiting some light 
has at last been thrown on the whereabouts of 
Emma Baker. It seems that she is now Mrs. 
Rasmussen and the mother of a small daughter. 
Last summer they went to Denmark to visit Mr. 
Rasmussen's family (I regret to say that I do not 
yet know his first name, which shows that patience 
is not always entirely rewarded). They are now 
stationed in Tokio, where he is a language student 
at the Embassy. 

Elizabeth Lee Valentine Goodwyn has moved to 
107 Hesketh Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland. 

Marjorie Lou Fish Elliott writes that she had a 
wonderful summer visiting in Panama at the Post 
of Corozal. From there she went to Cartagena, 
Port of Columbia and into Barranquilla, Santa 
Domingo and back to Houston and Laredo via 

December. 1936 

Alumnae News 


Tampa. Florida. Sounds lo me as if the Texas 
Mexican K. R. must be thriving! 

Margaret Walton is now Mis. F. B. McLester^ 
and is residing at 930 S. 20th Street, Birmingham, 

Jane Wilkinson Banyard is living at 335 Broad 
Street. Ked Bank, New Jersey. She has decided 
to give Burmuda the go by for a good old snappy 
New Jersey winter. She with her husband and 
son went to England in September, sailing on the 
"Queen Mary," the nursery of which makes travel- 
ling with a young child a "pleasure," according to 
young "Skipp's" mama. Captain Banyard has been 
transferred to the "Queen of Bermuda." 

Janet Bruce Bailey was the representative for 
Sweet Briar at a tea sponsored by the College Club 
of Ridgewood, New Jersey, for the mothers of 
junior and senior girls who are planning to enter 

Emily Braswell Perry is working for an M.A. 
degree in Child Development at the Teachers' Col- 
lege of Columbia University. 

Virginia Campbell Clinch, ex-'29, has moved to 
Cincinnati, Ohio, to live. 

Nancy Moffett is at home this winter in Staun- 
ton, Virginia, and is no longer teaching in Hope- 


Class Secretary, Mary Macdonald Reynolds 
(Mrs. Jasper A.), Newell Apartments, Chatta- 
nooga, Tennessee. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Daily, Maiy Bruce; Gressitt, Margaret (Lang, 
Mrs. John) ; Hendrix, Ruth (Brawner, Mrs. 
Charles) ; Holt, Mary A. (Rutherford, Mrs. Ray- 
mond Howard) ; Moor, Jane E.; Terrell, Margaret 
E. (Luther, Mrs. Oliver P.) ; Isabel Lamb; Elinor 
Turner; Emilie Turner; Eleanor Wilson; Lindsay 
J. Kindleberger; Edith A. Waithall. 

The May Queen has come and gone, leaving 
Chattanooga aghast at her charm. She arrived 
for a two day visit with three bags, four coats, 
and a bad cold. All this opulence immediately 
gave me an inferiority complex, and my self re- 
spect was restored only when it became obvious 
that I had a cold that was worse than hers, and 
could out-cough her every time. We had a thor- 
oughly delightful time taking aspirin, and, be- 
tween wheezes, arguing politics. Not for us the 
trifling gossip of giddy school-girls. Our talk was 
profound, and many weighty matters were dis- 
cussed, though none settled, of course. When we 
did, in lighter moments, lapse into personalities, 
our conversation was mostly in the past tense, as 
is the way with aging people. After her uplifting 
visit with me, Ruth joined her husband and 
mother and father and went on a tour of the 
Smokies. Then on to Sweet Briar for a day, 
where she had the pleasure of showing off the 
boxwoods to John who had never seen them. 
Then home. 

Liz Johnston Cook spent the summer touring 
Europe. Most of her time was apparently spent 
in heiling Hitler and drinking Rhine wine, with 
a touch of scenery viewing on the side. Also 
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taken in a Ford with her husband and another 
couple, and sounds very fascinating. Of course 
she didn't say what summer it was when she did 
all this, but we will assume that it was the most 
recent one. After all one summer is as good as 
another. Anyway, the Cooks came back to the 
states, and remembered that they should have seen 
America first, so began a tour of investigation of 
the Middle West. Now, just to have something 
to do, Liz is taking a course in dress design at the 
American Academy of Art. She gives, as a per- 
manent address, at least until further notice, 168 
N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, but I notice that 
the return address on her letter was very differ- 
ent. This is all very mysterious. Perhaps she is 
one of those people who go into dressy hotels and 
write letters on their stationery. Or, more likely, 
she is trying to throw the G-men off the scent. 

Betty McCrady was married October 31, to Mr. 
Robert C. Bardwell. This will not come as a 
surprise as it was predicted in our last issue. 

Modest and unassuming little wren though I 
am, I must call your attention to the radical 
change that has taken place at the head of this 
column. If you haven't already noticed it, pray 
look again. I am very proud of it. 

Merry Christmas, one and all. 


Marion Sherrill Bromfield was married on No- 
vember 7 to Mr. John Bradshaw Verner. After 
an extended motor trip through Mississippi, Ala- 
bama, and Louisiana, they will be at home in 
Brevard, North Carolina. 


Class Secretary, Martha von Briesen, 4435 
North Stowell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Florsheim, Alice; Sims, Ruth; Tucker, Eleanor 
(Cameron, Mrs. Sidney) ; Graham, Pauline; Gra- 
ham, Ruth ; Bridges, Dorothy ; Harris, Janet ; 
Hunter, Nancy B. ; Robinson, Mary; Ward, Sarah 

Dear '31ers: From the midst of all kinds of 
activities which have made the past few months 
very hectic, but fun, for me, I am seeking respite 
and refuge in my own room for a couple of hours' 
work in your behalf. Yes, I mean that writing 
this short letter will take at least that long, al- 
though you and you will skim through it in a 
couple of minutes, if at all. 

Choosing at random from among my very few 
pieces of mail which have anything at all to con- 
tribute to the cause, I find a note from Jean Cole 
Anderson, who is going hill-billy for fair. Some- 
time since June she and her husband and baby 
Jean moved into the wilds of Georgia, 30 miles 
from La Grange. George is building a lake and 
some dams on his boss's estate, so the boss moved 
the Anderson family into a new little house near 
the scene of action. While the baby thrived in the 
fresh air and sunshine, her mother had her mind 
on trips to Columbus and Atlanta during the au- 
tumn. By the way, Jean, thanks for the postal 
with Foggy's address. I have yet to hear from the 
dame, but perhaps her daughter. Elizabeth, born 

in August, demands too much of Foggy's time. 
The rest of you are perhaps baffled by all the 
mystery in the foregoing phrases, but much of the 
fog should lift automatically when I tell you that 
Elizabeth Phillips Le Master is the person under 
discussion. She's an old meanie who never wrote 
to me, even when she didn't have motherhood for 
an excuse. 

Harriet Wilson, ex- '31, was married on October 
3 to Murray F. McCaslin, M.D., in Pittsburgh. 
The newlyweds visited Sweet Briar on their wed- 
ding trip. Virginia Tabb Moore, ex-'31, was one 
of Harriet's bridal attendants. 

A letter from Babs Main Cooper was a pleasant 
surprise for me. Babs and Jake have moved into 
Norwalk, Connecticut, for the winter, after having 
spent the summer at the beach right near there. 
Babs wants to know something about you, Phoebe 
. . . where you are living, etc. As far as I know, 
Babs, Phoebe still lives at 249 Hollywood Street, 
Rochester, New York. Stop me if I'm wrong, 

That brings me to the end of my correspon- 
dence, so I shall now have to resort to my own 
doings again. Heavens, how brief some of these 
letters would be if I weren't such a globe-trotter, 
going to far places to help appease your appetites 
for news. As I said before, however, it is fun for 
me. My latest tour, which lasted for three weeks 
in October, took me, my brother, and two cousins 
first of all to Omaha, where we had a most delight- 
ful visit with Peg Hurd Burbank, ex-'31, her hus- 
band, and his parents. 

You can't know how pleasant it was to come into 
Peg's comfortable apartment at 7 o'clock in the 
evening, after driving through heavy rains for 
hundreds of miles and being very tired of it, to 
find a warm welcome and good food waiting for 
us. When I had revived a bit, Peg and I talked 
fast and furiously for hours. Among other things, 
Peg told me about visiting Betty Goff Newhall, 
ex-'31, her husband and their young son in Minne- 
apolis last summer. Betty has just moved into a 
most attractive new house. Peg took up golf in 
a big way during the summer and apparently all 
the outdoor exercise was beneficial to her, for she 
looks very well. All four of us were put up for 
the night by the two Burbank households, and we 
departed reluctantly the next morning after eating 
tremendous breakfasts. Ah, western hospitality! 

Cloudless, Indian Summer days, with the sun 
shining brightly on the freshly snow-clad slopes 
of the Rockies, on the reds of scrub-oak leaves, 
and the golden dancing aspens and slender cotton- 
woods made our trip most beautiful, and visits 
with friends and relatives in Denver, Las Vegas, 
Santa Fe. and Taos and here and there along the 
eastward trail to Austin, Texas, added to our 
pleasure. In Austin I had a long chat with Hallie 
Orr, ex-'33, who is working in the Registrar's 
office at the University of Texas. Of course she 
wanted to hear everything I could tell her about 
Commencement, and I learned that Mary Helen 
Caswell Burr, ex-'34, is teaching riding in Austin, 
that Helen Avery, ex-'34, works in the state Capi- 
tol, and Virginia Nalle, ex-'33, writes a chatter 
column for one of the Austin dailies. 

December, 1936 

Alumnae News 


Sweet Briar was also discussed when I met my 
cousins, Serena Giesecke Harding, ex-'26, and 
Claire Giesecke Walker, "30, in San Antonio.-. 
Serena took her husband and two small daughters 
to have a glimpse of Sweet Briar a year ago, and 
they were charmed with the place. After seeing 
Vassar, Smith, and many other colleges, Serena is 
still firmly convinced that none of them can com- 
pare with Sweet Briar in beauty of campus and 
surroundings. She regretted very much having 
missed her classes tenth reunion, and asked me to 
tell her what I could about it. 

In St. Louis I called Tillie Jones Shillington, 
who had just returned with Joe from a two weeks 
trip east. She said they drove hurriedly through 
Sweet Briar, not having time to stop for a minute, 
but even that was better than nothing, she thought. 
They saw Cynthia Vaughn, who is working for 
Vicks' in New York, and Libba Stribling Bell in 
the same metropolis, and on their homeward jour- 
ney they stopped in London, Ontario, for a brief 
visit with Dotty Boyle Charles, her husband and 
their small son. Dotty and Bob had just moved 
to London, where they expect to remain for a year 
or so at least. Tillie reported that all of the afore- 
mentioned gals were in good health and gay spirits, 
and the trip was a success, only Tillie, earnest 
mother that she is, could hardly wait to get back 
to her boys. I was sorry I didn't have time to see 
the Shillingtons and their home. I also called 
Miss Stevens, who is at Principia in St. Louis, but 
she was not in, unfortunately. Did I ever tell you, 
by the way, that she spent a few hours with me 
here one hot evening this summer? She has 
bobbed her hair and it is very becoming to her. 
She was much interested in that famous scrapbook 
and in my pictures of reunion as well as in hearing 
all I had to tell about those of you who were back. 

Now my two hours are nearly up, and I am at 
the end of my rope, except to add that Isabelle 
Bush Thomasson, ex-'31, is living in Mobile again, 
after having lived in Jacksonville, Florida, for 
several years. Let that be my Thought-for-the- 

Adios, then. Martha. 

Toole Rotter is working at Macy's in New York. 
She is living at the Barbizon. 

Katherine Taylor has announced her engage- 
ment to Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Allen Bond 
Adams, Jr., U. S. N. The wedding will take place 
in Montclair in February. 

Class Secretary, Dorothy Smith Berkeley 
(Mrs. Edmund l, Red Hill, Virginia. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are '"lost"? 

Kinnan, Lucille G. ; Powell, Caroline W. ; Smith, 
Marguerite E. 

Elizabeth Layfield, ex-'32, was married to Or- 
ville Travers Smith on October 3, 1936. Her twin 
sister, Eleanor Layfield Davis, was matron of 
honor. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are now at home at 
Hotel Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Virginia Nalle, ex-'32, is the society editor of 
the Austin (Texas) evening paper. She also 
edits the Junior League News sheet there. 

Hallie Orr, ex-'32, is secretary in the Dean's 
Office at the University of Texas. She has just 
announced her engagement to Jim Tom Barton 
of Wichita Falls, Texas. 

Emma Green was married to Thomas Moore of 
Wilmington, North Carolina, October 24. Barbara 
Munler was one of the bridesmaids. 

Courtney Cochran who is working with the 
W.P.A. has been transferred to the New York 
office and is living at the Barbizon Hotel. 

Class Secretary, Marjorie Burford, 723 Pine, 
Texarkana, Texas. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Einhart, Ruth Charlotte; McKay, Florence Mig- 
non; Mixon, Katherine Oglesby; North, Martha 
Ellen (Mrs. John Van Doren). 

Dear '33s: Just as I was preparing for a nice 
winter of peace and quiet in the good old state of 
Texas I was practically jerked from hibernation 
by a note from Vivienne informing me I had been 
appointed to this very delightful job of news gath- 
ering. There was very little time to do anything 
about the situation for this issue of the News, but 
I give you fair warning that before the March 
number, which, incidentally goes to the press in 
February, you will receive a heart-rending plea. 

Most of the items for this month come through 
the courtesy of Mallory and Finn (Hetty Wells to 
you Sweet Briarites). Their joint letter was a 
masterpiece, saving the day for me. Gerry, as you 

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December, 1936 

know, was elected to the Alumnae Council and 
was at The Patch for Founders' Day. She gives a 
glowing account of the improvements that have 
been made since 1933. While there she saw Vir- 
ginia Vesey who was up for the week-end. Vir- 
ginia is working with the Old Dominion Peanut 
Company and is, I understand, a very important 
secretary. She reported that Margaret Austin 
had been staying in Norfolk, but that she was 
planning to motor to Long Beach, California, 
with her mother. Fran Powell Zoppa, who as 
you know is living in Lynchburg, was supposed 
to come out Founders' Day, but it seems she 
missed the bus. I hear she has gone social on 
us and is doing work on the Community Chest, etc. 

Gerry is really putting in time and effort for the 
good of the old Alma Mater. Along with being 
on the council she is secretary of the Northern 
New Jersey Club. When and if she has any time 
left (I don't see how she does) it is spent on ten- 
nis. She is the organizer and subsequent president 
of the County Tennis League, and this winter is 
playing indoors . . . and scout work. She is ex- 
aminer and coach for three troops. 

And speaking of energetic people, Hetty Wells 
Finn gets the blue ribbon. She is just before en- 
tering (or maybe she has already) her third term 
as treasurer of the New York chapter of Alumnae. 
And you have all heard from her in the capacity 
of class agent for the Alumnae Fund. She and 
Mac went abroad for six weeks the first part of 
the fall during his vacation from medical school. 

Charlotte Tufts-who-was-Tamblyn I have always 
maintained was one of the unexpected elements in 
my life. And true to tradition she left us all a 

bit breathless by suddenly marrying and depart- 
ing for Hollywood where her husband is to appear 
on a radio program for three months. They have 
rented what sounds to be an adorable bungalow 
with garden and palm tree, almost the proverbial 
cottage for two. Martha Boss is also in California 
and has been for two years. She is teaching some- 
thing or other to some sort of people ... all 
pleasingly definite! 

And speaking of marriages this fall has changed 
a lot of '33's into Mrs. Sue Graves was married 
to William King Stubbs on the nineteenth of 
November. Sue Kelley married Sam Flannery in 
October. She wore her May Queen dress for the 
wedding. Emily Denton is engaged to Ed. Tunnis. 
Recently she visited Mary Kate Patton Bromfield 
who is living in Athens, Ohio. Mary Kate accom- 
panies her husband on many of his business trips 
and consequently sees lots of Sweet Briar people. 

Babs Barber obtained a law degree from the 
University of Cincinnati in June, 1936. Evidently 
it was too much for her for no one has heard from 
her since. Incidentally she has passed her bar 

Ruth Davies Young is living in Scarsdale, New 
York. I understand that very recently she sud- 
denly underwent an appendectomy. 

We really ought to be proud of the way some 
of our members are getting along in the business 
world. Marjorie Morse is working for a travel 
agency. This spring she had a month's cruise 
down through the Windward and Leeward Islands 
to British Guiana. She hopes soon to go to Haiti, 
Columbia, and the Canal. Jean Van Home is 
working with a cellophane printing firm. She 












By December 31, 1936! 

December, 1936 

Alumnae News 


lives ill New York, spending week-ends in Engle- 
wood. After studying for two years at the New 
York School of Applied Design she took a secre--, 
tarial course at the Miller Institute. Lois Forter 
is working in the Doubleday Doran Bookstore in 
the Pennsylvania Station. Mary and Margaret 
Inilirie look secretarial courses and now have jobs 
in Philadelphia. Elizabeth Moore is studying at 
Columbia this winter. Last year she taught Eng- 
lish at a girls' private school in Mississippi. Mary 
Brooks Barnhart took a course in Memphis which 
ended in August and she is now hack at her pre- 
vious job in the hospital. Margaret Milam is 
society editor for the Dallas News and apparently 
having much fun writing up the various social 
functions in the state. 

Kilty Howze and her family and Sara Houston 
had an apartment in Miami Beach for a while last 
winter. I am sorry I can give you no more recent 
information as to their whereabouts. Margery 
Guhelman is back from Honolulu and is spending 
the winter with her mother in Asheville, North 
Carolina. Julia Harris Toomey is now living in 
Dover, Ohio. She was in Charlottesville for a few 
days last spring. Pat Atkinson studied at Boston 
Student's Union last winter, but I believe she is 
now back in Little Rock. 

Mary Buick came down in June to visit Enna 
and me. We had great fun rehashing old times 
along with trying to show her a bit of the Lone 
Star State. Enna is busily running some farms 
she inherited and can dissertate for hours on the 
price of cotton or the condition of the onion crop. 
Mary spent the last part of August and the first 
part of September in Canada. I have a suspicion 
it was an effort on her part to recover from the 
effects of the Texas heat. She is now looking for 
a job and in the interim does volunteer work for 
a psychiatrist at the Eloise County Hospital in 
Detroit. Three nights a week she takes typing 
and shorthand. 

I spent six weeks this summer breathing the 
pure air of Chautauqua, New York, taking piano 
lessons, and got home just in time to make a hur- 
ried trip to California via the Carlsbad Caverns, 
with such interesting items as hitting a cow in 

west Texas, and trying to convince the California 
officials at Yuma that we did not hide fruit in our 
shoes and that we had not stolen the car. Right 
now I am doing very little for the good of my 
country. I am trying to learn the pipe organ and 
have just begun playing at our church. 

And that, my good people, covers about all the 
news I have heard in years. Please write me be- 
fore March or this column will be an absolute 

Marjorie Burford. 

Betty Fowler was married to Howard Penniston 
Skinner October 17, 1936. Mr. and Mrs. Skinner 
are now living at Park Lane Apartments, Kew 
Gardens, Long Island, New York. 

Elizabeth Ralcliff, ex-"33, was married to Au- 
gustin Clayton Bryan of Chattanooga, Tennessee, 
October 14, 1936. 

Jane Word was married to Robert S. Driscoll 
September 30. She is connected with the staff 
of the Secretary of Appointments of Columbia 


Class Secretary, Marjorie Lasar Hurd (Mrs. 
E. R., Jr.), 5929 McPherson Avenue, St. Louis, 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Cobb, Shirley; Johnson, Hattie B. (Hall, Mrs. 
Will) ; Lawrence, Carolyn Elizabeth (White, Mrs. 
George, Jr.); Newson, Virginia; Reif, Mary E.; 
Thomas, Maiy Forrest. 

Dear '34: Well, turkeys and football are out of 
the way for another year and I for one can bear it. 
I am now in the process of working myself into 
a twit over tinsel and eggnog for the coming Yule- 
tide season. 

We have no vital statistics for you this month 
except Fran Darden's wedding. It was necessarily 
small because of her father's illness, so her 
brother, John M. Darden, Jr., gave her away. 
Her only attendants were her sister, Antoinette, 
who wore dark blue velvet and carried an old- 
fashioned bouquet, and her niece, who was the 
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ling"s husband was the best man, and both Jane 
and Tillie Jones Shillington, '31, and her husband 
were there. So Mr. and Mrs. John W. Musick are 
now living at 1311 Oak Avenue. Evanston, Illinois, 
in happy married bliss after their honeymoon in 
October in North Carolina. Blessings on you, 

As for the other Chicago people, Julie writes 
that she and Calvert are going to New Orleans for 
Thanksgiving, and to Virginia for Christmas. She 
has acquired some new rugs and a dog, and says 
that one is much simpler than the other; Julie 
said she has had rugs before, but . . . 

Betty Carter Clark has a strapping young son 
who was born last June 11 (where have I been? ), 
and who has been christened Stuart Carter Clark. 
Betty tells me that Mary Lewis Nelson married 
Edward Becker on the thirty-first of July, honey- 
mooned abroad, and is now living at the Marshall 
Field Apartments in Chicago. Helen Closson, ex- 
'34, visited her this summer. Betty also tells me 
that Betty Henigbaum, ex-'34, married Ned Miles 
of Elkhart, Indiana, and is now living at 546 
Sheridan Square, Evanston, Illinois. Gail Dona- 
hue had dinner with Betty one night, and she and 
Julie see each other now and then. Bonney Mac- 
Donald Hatch writes that her address is 2724 
West North Street, Muncie, Indiana . . . and her 
cooking is terrible. 

Marcia is as busy as the proverbial Little Red 
Hen; she is president of the Indianapolis Sweet 
Briar Club, is doing voluntary social service work, 
taking a course in Interior Decorating, travelling 
with her mother and is now in Texas on a visit. 

Ellie Alcott is up to her neck in work and 
hockey; she was at Hanson's wedding, and reports 
that Jill is crazy about her occupational therapy 
work. She and Nan Russell Carter see each other 
at the inter-city hockey games. Nan lives at 1000 
Kenmore Avenue. Buffalo, New York, and is busy 
playing hockey, coaching and keeping house. I 
have a dead, sick feeling that Hanson sent me 
her address and I can't find it for love nor money. 
I'll try to get it for the next magazine. 

I got an awfully nice letter from Edith Knox, 
ex-'34, telling me that she is assistant society 
editor on the Cedar Rapids Gazette and is a pro- 
fessional member of the Junior League. Also told 
me about Betty Henigbaum's marriage, also Vir- 
ginia Hall's (ex-'34). Said she saw Kitty Means 
last summer, and heard that Hoffie was working in 
Lancaster in a department store. 

Farriss said that she and Ellen Pratt visited Lee 
McPherson during Isabel Anderson's wedding; 
said that Sue Graves was married the nineteenth 
of November; plans to be in Virginia and New 
York this month (Farriss and November . . . not 
Sue and December). 

Cordelia wrote me glowing reports of her young 
lady daughter, Claire; also said that she and her 
husband had just come back from New York 
where they saw the N. Y. U.-Carolina game. She 
saw Judy Halliburton while she was there. They 
were both bridesmaids at Isabel's wedding, Octo- 
ber twenty-fourth. 

Spiller is happy as a little lark at Columbia; 

saw Mary Moore, and hopes to pin her down to 
lunch soon. I imagine it was Fig and that was 
Patricia Holcombe, not Priscilla and / didn't write 
that particular item. Go on, girls, this is just a 
little personal matter between Spiller and me. 

Nancy Butzner wrote me a stirring little card 
saying that she was in Alexandria teaching school, 
period. Lou Dreyer is living at 86S 1st Street, 
with Peter Dyer, ex-'37 and two other girls, and 
loves it. Said she saw Greenwood who is working 
in New York, also Sue Fender, who has a secre- 
tarial job. Lib Scheuer writes that she is taking 
a shorthand and typing course in the morning and 
working at an advertising agency in the afternoon. 
Met Mary Louis Nelson Becker and her husband 
on their way back from Europe. Bonnie spent the 
week-end with her before she departed for Sweet 
Briar and her job there. 

My hat is off to Marie Lange Gaskell who man- 
ages to continue her work at the New York School 
of Social Work ... a course at a time, plus a baby 
and a husband to tend on. Eleanor Cooke has 
been visiting her and they had a reunion with 
Betty Combs, Alice Gable Schower, and they saw 
Marie PePine and her sister off for Europe in 
September. Emily Marsh is in the Medical Ser- 
vice Department at the Presbyterian Hospital in 
New York. She went down the St. Lawrence to 
Newfoundland this summer on her vacation. 
Betty Combs was in Maryland all summer, and 
is now working in the law firm of Carpenter, Whit 
and Landau in New York. 

Anne Marvin writes that she and her mother 
are transcribing a book on General Psychology 
into Braille. Spent her usual summer in the 
Adirondacks and on her way home saw Hetty 
Wells Finn and Gerry Mallory; occasionally sees 
Becky Strode Lee. 

Judy Daugherty is "just a-restin' " as she so 
aptly expresses it; it's an old trick we both 
learned from Spray in our Sophomore year. I 
don't know why I have waited until now to give 
you the glad tidings about Jackie Bond, but this 
ought to be a good place for a climax. Jackie 
announced her engagement to Ernest Merton 
Wood, Jr., on November twenty-second. They 
will be married on December twenty-ninth in the 
Episcopal church in Florence; Jackie is having 
Louise Boren, ex-'34, as her maid of honor, Elvira 
Cochrane McMillan, ex-"34, as matron of honor, 
and Margaret Lanier Woodrum, '33, and Elinor 
Edenton, ex- '38, to represent S. B. at the festivi- 
ties. Her address until the wedding is 400 N. 
Wood Avenue. Ain't that a cute coincidence? 

Mary Walton McCandlish writes that the elec- 
tion (you all remember the election, don't you?) 
has left her exhausted but happy. Said that Pris- 
cilla Mul'en, ex-'34, received her MA. in Physical 
Education at Columbia and is now director of 
same at Gunston Hall School in Washington. Ly- 
dia had a wonderful time during her three months 
in Europe ending up with two weeks in New York. 
Her duties in Richmond now consist of playing the 
piano for Sunday School, and teaching ballroom 
dancing to Girl Reserves at the Y. W. C. A. She 


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has also taken up embroidery and bowling; some- 
how those two just don't spell Mother to me, but 
I may be wrong. Julia Shirley writes that she is 
still working at the Old Dominion Adjustment 
Bureau, and \liee is at the Connectieutl Mutual 
Life Insurance Co. Anne Corbitt writes that she 
is enjoying the comforts of the New World but 
misses the charm of the Old One. Nothing stir- 
ring in Norfolk, however. 

I heard from Jean in that cryptic handwriting 
of hers, and I just couldn't get to first base with 
it, so I'll hope for better luck next time. Debbie 
writes that she and her family show all the signs 
indicative of hibernating in Hampton; I think the 
rural life has cotched 'em. 

Old Jack Frost hasn't hit our fair city yet, but 
the first meeting of the St. Louis S. B. Alumnae 
Club has. We have great plans for this year, and 
sixteen members, only about six of whom are real 
natives. Recent additions to our merry group are 
Connie Fowler Keeble and Cabby Mitchell Ravens- 
croft. And that, kiddies, clores the December 
issue for the Class of '34. Yours for a heavy 
Christmas stocking and a light New Year's Day 
head ... IF you know what I mean. Your grand 
response on the cards was your Christmas present 
to me; mine to you would be to resign, but I 
ain'ta gonta do ut; ich liebe dich, mes enfants; 



Delia Ann Taylor Is now in Washington where 
she was appointed as junior physicist in the De- 
partment of Agriculture, pursuant to civil service. 

Marion Oliver Cooley is now living at 12 Rey- 
nal Road, White Plains, New York. 

Martha Lou Lemmon has recently published an 
article on "Social Psychology" in the November 
issue of the American Journal of Psychology. 

Gail Donohue received a scholarship for a year's 
study at the University where she will study to- 
wards her M.A., continuing to major in history. 

Jane Mertz was married on November 7 to Mr. 
Fred W. Dickson. They will live at 528 East 59th 
Street, Indianapolis. 


Class Secretary, Sallie Flint, 1108 West Ar- 
mory Avenue, Champagne, Illinois. 

Can you help us locate the following member 
of your class who is "lost"? 

Charlotte Olmstead (Gill, Mrs. R. L., Jr.). 

Merry Christmas, everybody! 

Only 25 more shopping days! Avoid that last 
minute rush! Get your order in early. Your cor- 
respondent wants to take this opportunity to wish 
all the regular contributors to the News an over- 
flowing stocking and a bundle of switches for 
those indolent individuals who ignore her periodic 
passionate pleas (notice the alliteration, or what 
have you ! ) for personal information. Well, may- 
be the New Year will bring a change of heart to 
the wayward ones and 1937 will see all of '35 
back in the fold. It's getting along towards our 
5th reunion, you know (doesn't that make the gray 
hairs stick up all over your head?) and wouldn't 
it he embarrassing to come back and nobody recog- 

nize you? 1 submit the heart rending spectacle of 
a "35er, who hadn't kept her memory alive via the 
News, slinking around the Dell, the Inn where her 
classmates were gathering and none, nay, not one, 
to take her by the hand! It's too pitiful for even 
this hardened correspondent to contemplate so 
with this horrible warning before you, she will 
proceed to news items. 

Grand letter from Maud Winborne followed by 
an announcement of her marriage on November 
3rd to Dr. Southgate Leigh, Jr., in Saint Paul's 
Church, Richmond, Virginia. She is now at home 
at 610 Westover Avenue, Norfolk, and would love 
to hear from people, especially Johnny Kimball, 
her ex-roomie. She mentions her alumnae meet- 
ing where she caught up on the news and saw 
Margaret Austin, '33. She speaks of seeing Cary 
Burwell at Annapolis. Thanks for the letter, 
Maud, and the best of luck and happiness. You 
say your husband is a Virginia man which means 
a lot over Sweet Briar way. 

Jane Bryant writes that she has a position as 
a research assistant in one of the medical labora- 
tories at the Massachusetts General Hospital. 
Anita Cherry, ex-'35, visited her recently and she 
went down to see Billie Crane Goodfellow in 
Greenwich Village. 

Roberta Cope starts out by saying modestly she 
had no news about herself and then mentions 
casually an M.A. from Cornell — congratulations, 
Roberta. As one to another, did you have 
to write a thesis and aren't they terrible? Thanks 
for the invitation — may take you up on it some- 
time. Roberta writes that Kitty Taylor was mar- 
ried to John Pearce Manning, Jr., on July 7 and 
is now living in Warren, Arizona. "Tish" Rider 
is taking a law course and going to business school 
in Washington. Anne Spiers is at the Dwight 
School in Englewood, New Jersey. 

Claudia DeWolf is a Ph.D. candidate in Dublin, 
Ireland. Address is Trinity Hall, 9 Dartry Road, 

Nice letter from Isabel Anderson who is now 
Mrs. Donald Comer, Jr., living at The Vanderbilt 
Hotel, Park Avenue and 34th Street, New York. 
The wedding was the 29th of October. Ellen 
Pratt, Judy Halliburton, Lee MacPherson and 
Cordelia Penn Cannon were bridesmaids. Isabel 
said it was an all white wedding and it must have 
been very lovely with all those ex-May Court girls. 
She writes that Halliburton, Betty Carter and 
Isabel Scriba are working in New York. 

I think Dina Jones should get M.C.S. award 
(Most Class Spirit) for she always comes through 
with a real fund of information. Gen Crossman 
is a close runner-up, usually, although I didn't 
hear from Iit this time. Dina's Big News is the 
anouncement of her marriage to William Skilton. 
ex-Cornell, early in January. She plans to take 
in S. B. C. on her honeymoon in the states. She 
has asked Tip Poole to be in the wedding. Says 
she is having an awful time ordering things by 
mail from the states — hope the shoes fit, Dina! 
She gives us news of Judy Peterkin and Betty 
Hamilton. Judy is Jr. Leaguing, doing Red Cross 
and Scout work all at once; Betty is bacteriolog- 


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ing at Billings in Chicago. The only fault I have 
to find with your letter is the political preference 
you expressed, Dina — you see, I'm the one who 
voted for Landon! 

That's all this year, my friends — don't forget to 
make your resolutions on the first and especially 
the "write-lo-Sallie" one! You will be remember- 
ing the postman, the milkman, the garbage col- 
lector — remember your correspondent! And may 
God bless you all! 

Piously yours, 

Sallie Flint. 

Grace Langeler is now Mrs. Vess E. Irvine and 
is living at Langdon Hall, Mount Vernon, New 

Jerry Johnston is vice-president of the New York 
Sweet Briar Club. 

Betty Klinedinst has been admitted into the 
branch of the A. A. U. W. at Bradford, Penn- 

Geneva Crossman announced her engagement to 
Edson S. Stevens, October 17. 

Kathleen Casey was married on November 27 
to Mr. Melville F. Highsmith. 

Sue Howe is now at the Cornell Medical School. 

Barbara Benzinger is spending the winter in 
Philadelphia doing research work for her M.A. 
and working in the Bacteriology laboratory of the 
Philadelphia General Hospital. 

Class Secretary, Alice Van Y. Benet, 808 
Pickins Street, Columbia, South Carolina. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Converse, Dorothy. 

Well, my little cherubs, I have to begin with an 
apology, which is decidedly against all principles, 
but nevertheless it is definitely in order. I have 
been most dreadfully busy this past month — Co- 
lumbia has turned very gay with practically every- 
body in town getting married, and between the 
parties and my job, I don't have time to think. 
Therefore, when the notice came that the report 
was due in ten days, I found myself totally lacking 
in news. I only had time to send cards to most 
of the graduates — Cabby not included, because I 
couldn't find Cabby's new address nor last month's 
magazine in which I told all of you what it was. 
So the news this month is mostly graduates, and 
I hope you Ex's will adopt a spirit of forgiveness 
in keeping with this blithe Christmas season, and 
let your correspondent off until next time. 

Several of you asked for more about myself. isn't much to tell. I ride my horse, which 
was unappreciative enough to throw me last Sun- 
day, so I'm a little on the stiff side these days. 
Then I still try to sing — it's worse than ever, if 
you can believe it, but I still attempt it. There 
has been a movement on foot to get me into the 
Town Theatre, but so far I've succeeded in the 
line of hard-to-get. Football takes up the week- 
ends, the general conversation centering around 
the activities of the learn from Thursday through 

Tuesday inclusive, and we don't talk on Wednes- 
day! Chloe is coming on the first part of Decem- 
ber to visit me over the parly the family is giving 
that will come off the second of December, and 
she'll be here for the Assembly Ball, our deb 
to-do, that same week. Alma comes to us on 
Sunday of this week for a twenty-four hour stop- 
over on her way home to Buffalo from Logan 
Phinizy's debut the 21st in Augusta. Jackie 
Moore was down for it, too, but she's going home 
through even smaller towns than this, and we'll 
miss her this trip. Otherwise, the chief news 
around here is that we're much relieved over the 
election the first of this month. 

Not so Miss Ann Scudder. She politicked all 
over Philadelphia all about why one should vote 
for Landon, and now she's turned to helping the 
sick and ill in a hospital in Philly. It's volunteer 
nursing, and she has Betsy High to keep her com- 
pany in the work. They seem to love the work, 
and stay very busy at it. 

Pinkerton writes that she and Chloe drove down 
from New York to the University for the opening 
dances (isn't it grand how well preserved we are! ) 
and that there they had a grand reunion with 
Fuzzy and La Belle Nalle. Stumpy wrote on the 
bottom of Pinkie's letter that Jane Shelton made 
her debut in Chattanooga last month sometime, 
but she didn't say when. Stump herself is play- 
ing with the six-year olds at St. Agatha's in New 
York, and is still planning to go to the Graduate 
School of Social Service later in the winter. The 
New York bunch seem to see a lot of each other. 
Muggy Gregory, G. A. Jackson, and Libby Hart- 
ridge have lunch with Stump and Pinkie a good 
deal. Nancy Parsons and Ada Denton wear sen- 
sible shoes and eat lunch in the corner drug store 
every day while they're doing lab technician stuff 
at the Post Graduate Hospital in New York, and 
they say they're surviving quite well. Ada doesn't 
like commuting at all now that it isn't to Amherst! 

Marquart Powell writes from Paris (40 Rue de 
Liege, Paris VIII) that her classes in dancing 
range in age from five to forty-five, and that she 
teaches about four classes a day not counting her 
own practice and private lessons! That sounds 
pretty much like a full day's work to me! She 
says the practice will take her far — she can al- 
ready do a figure eight with one hip while the rest 
of her stays perfectly still ! All that bothers her 
about Paris now is that prices are terribly high, 
and that the taxes are simply awful (worse than 
the Roosevelt ones, Scudder), and everybody ex- 
pects a revolution with riots and all the fixings! 
Bobby Finley is married and has an infant, but 
Mark didn't know to whom she was wed or when 
or where she is. We are breathless, Mark, waiting 
to hear about your adventure with the Count 
Philippe de Montaigne! That sounds like some- 
thing too good to write! 

Abigail Lesnick writes that she's taking her 
Master's at Columbia in Sociology, and that she 
has seen very few Sweet Briarites since June. She 
went on a long and complicated tour of the Wesl 
this summer, and is now spending the winter at 
home, commuting to Columbia. Peg Ll"yd says 

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thai she's in secretarial school and so is June 
Lilygren. Peg flew west to visit Peg Campbell 
this summer, and now finds the same wedding- 
party trouble that I've found here! She is going" 
down for Betty Cocke's wedding the 25th of No- 
vember to be one of six bridesmaids. Peg Camp- 
bell and Aggie Young will also be bridesmaids 
then. Peg Campbell is being student technician 
al the Ford Hospital in Detroit, and at the end 
of a year and a half she will come up for her 
Master's in Medical Technology. Meanwhile she 
has to work eight hours a day in uniform! Aggie 
Young is going to make her debut in Washington 
on December 5, and is taking languages at the 
Berlitz school in addition to playing around with 
the Red Cross. She and Capel went down to the 
Briar Patch the middle of October, where they 
ran into Jackie and Alma. Those last two seem 
to have a bad case of week-end-itis, and have been 
tearing all over the countryside. Aggie writes 
further that Cecile Porter has a job in Memphis, 
though what the job is, she didn't say. Arnold 
Susong had Peg Huxley R«nge and the Reverend 
down to visit her on their honeymoon, and Aggie 
saw them as they came through Washington. They 
reported Arnie to be in the best of spirits, and 
seemed as happy as the glowing accounts of their 
wedding would indicate. Libby Wall wrote a 
grand long letter in which she said Peg was a 
radiant bride, and that the wedding was a veri- 
table S. B. reunion. Chickie Gregory, Arnie, and 
Libby were bridesmaids, and everything was white 
and silver, and candlelight! Doesn't that sound 
just lovely? 

Libby is in New York this winter, living at the 
Barbizon, studying dramatics. She is taking more 
different kinds of dramatic things than I ever 
knew existed, and finds radio the most interesting 
of all. She is keeping up her singing, and she is 
thinking seriously of the radio-game for keeps. 
It all keeps her veiy much on the go, and she has 
seen some wonderful plays in New York. The 
John Gielgud Hamlet is the thing I envy her 
most — she has seen it twice and is going to see it 
again! And I went to see the Great Ziegfeld 
last night! At a Gilbert and Sullivan, Libby ran 





into Hett) Wells and Mary Moore, just to say 
hello and no more. She has also seen Sigur Moore, 
'38, and Yvonne Leggetl, '38, and Jessie Silvers — 
al the Yale-Dartmouth game. Libby, arc you 
really working that hard? 

Odile Cozelte says that the gals at Mt. Holyoke 
study more and are more serious-minded than we 
were! She likes the place veiy well, though she 
says the difference between the numbers in the 
two schools was a little bard to get used to al 
first. They neglect athletics up there — where's 

Bette Troy says that when Carol Straus stopped 
by to see her a month ago, she tried to find out 
what she's doing, but she couldn't. Be'te thinks 
she'll go to Norfolk some time this month, but 
when that'll be she doesn't know, because she 
hasn't dealt with her father yet. From the Nor- 
folk ladies. I have news from Kin and Marjorie 
Wing. Wing's was late for the last report, but 
she reports another winter of social whirling. 
Kin is doing the family housekeeping, and rides 
horseback from time to time. And believe it or 
not, she has knitted a sweater! She ran into 
Jackie and Alma at V. M. I. Those two! Kin's 
title these days is Official Octagon Soap Wrapper 
Collector of the Norfolk Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Club. That's got mine beat a mile, Kin! 

Stumpy takes her children to do something 
extra-fine every Friday afternoon — like walk 
across the George Washington Bridge or see the 
Zoo. Tillie O'Brian takes herself to the German- 
American where she once ran into Chloe and 
Pinkie drinking beer. Where Tillie is now, I 
don't know. 

Virginia Rutty is playing Junior League games 
in Rochester. She writes that beginning with the 
International Star Boat Regatta in September, 
Rochester has been outdoing itself. A wedding 
every two weeks puts Ginny in the class with Peg 
and me. She has had to go it heavier on the ex- 
chequer than I have though, because she's two- 
thirds gone on never being a bride — three times, 
you know. The Junior League business has got 
her writing book reviews and going to lectures, 
besides having to visit all manner of charity cen- 
ters, etc. Betty Muggleton visited Ginny in the 
summer, and Ginny is planning veiy vaguely to 
go out to see her. Mugs did not land her job 
and is taking a secretarial course in Wisconsin 
Rapids. And Phoebe is still working at Lord 
and Taylor's, and takes the Pennsylvania case 
veiy seriously still. Ginny hopes that she will 
get around to doing some French tutoring before 
long, so that the A.B. won't be purely ornamental, 
and in January she plans to go to Florida. Sun- 
burn starting early next year, don't you think? 

Fran Baker is being young and frivolous at the 
University these days, and is doing secretarial 
work to keep her mind off the advancing years. 
She went to New York the latter part of Septem- 
ber, and was there for about three weeks. One 
day on the street she saw a bright red plaid coat 
that she thought looked familiar, and it If as Ada, 
on her way to the hospital. Syd Millar and Fran 
have been rushing around the University eating 


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December, 1936 

hamburgers here and playing with Lady Astor 
there, la la, and cheerio! And Maria Gray Val- 
entine has shed the cast from her arm and is 
Junior-Leaguing in Richmond. Kitty Lorraine 
sticks to the life of loafing, and loves it. She's 
doing some entertaining for this season's debs in 
Richmond this week. 

Katie Niles is studying sculpture and drawing 
at the Museum School in Boston, and she sings 
in the choir at her church. A drawing board 
climbed off an easel the other day and cracked her 
in the head, and since then she says she has shown 
much improvement and lots more originality! 
Katie gave me some news that I know every one 
of you will be distressed to hear. 

Dodie Burrill's mother died October 22nd fol- 
lowing an operation. The class extends its deep- 
est and most heartfelt sympathy to you and your 
family, Dodie. We wish there were something 
we could do, and if there is, please call on us. 

Lillian Cabell is teaching school in Cuba. 
That's all I know about it, but that's enough to 
floor me! Cabell, you have my sympathy. Eng- 
lish brats are bad enough to handle, but when you 
have to handle yours in a foreign language, what 
on earth do you do? Tory Himes wrote that Lil- 
lian has cut her hair again, which puts us three 
up on the additions to the bobbed hair chorus. 
Tory says Hanson tries to incite her to bigger 
things on the hockey field, but that she has no 
time for such! 

One of our brides has so much of the joie de 
vivre that she whips out to Sweet Briar thrice 
weekly and knocks the hockey ball around with 
all the ga'.s! Imagine that! Smitty Thomasson 
is the lady, and by the way her Lynchburg ad- 
dress has come through — No. 9 Mayflower Apart- 
ments. Jackie, Capel and Aggie went to see her 
right after she moved into her new place, and 
they all sat on the floor and looked at wedding 
presents, because there wasn't much furniture 
then! Polly Langford Payne lives in the adjoin- 
ing apartment, and she and Smitty discuss house- 
wifely matters on their mutual back porch! 
Smitty was quite flowery in her descriptions of 
her state of mind. This married life must be 
something else again! 

La Donohue announced her engagement to 
James F. McCormack on October 3, the wedding 
to be sometime in the spring. So La is learning 
the "fundamentals of Housekeeping" these days. 
She hopes to come east before very long, but as 
yet she has no definite plans. 

Ruth Gilliam says she has to study much 
harder than the children she is teaching to keep 
ahead of them in the geography book, and that 
her teaching kept her from the Founders' Day 
exercises. The first step-singing she says was held 
in the Common Room because it was rainy. They 
must like step-singing now! It's a shame we 
couldn't do like that, don't you think? Nancy 
Braswell has been in Wilmington visiting her 
sister for a while, and is now planning to go up 
to the Penn-Cornell game and then on a sort of 
general around and about the north expedition. 
Pat Edmonds is taking an M.A. at Radcliffe. 

Mary Hesson says the teaching game is fun, 

and that she is helping with basketball! It must 
be fun, Mary, not to wear you out all morning, 
so you can play basketball in the afternoon! 
Marylina Stokes writes that she's learning typing, 
and that otherwise it's all a prolonged vacation 
for her. Polly Rich and Orissa Holden visited her 
in October. She plans now to go to Chicago 
after Christmas to do a little job-hunting. Some- 
one along the line wrote that Sunny lost her 
Macy job, and I couldn't find out what she's 
doing now. 

Fuzzy writes that Sophie Stephens will be mar- 
ried on December 12 to Edward Martin, and that 
they'll live at Wilson Dam near Florence, Ala- 
bama. Fuzzy will be a bridesmaid, and she says, 
"it becometh a habit"! Fuzz was in Chattanooga 
for Jane's debut, and Chloe was there from Co- 
lumbia. They saw Mary Poindexter Willingham, 
and they say ber baby is a beauty. Back again in 
Asheville, Fluff joined the Junior League, and is 
now being a prince in "Snowwhite and the Seven 
Dwarfs." Chloe is doing feature articles for the 
Nashville Banner, and is mostly rushing around 

When you ladies get this report, it will be al- 
most time for the Carol Service at Sweet Briar. 
I don't know whether that means very much to you 
who weren't in the choir, but it makes all of us 
who were stop and think about how much fun it 
was. And we won't be singing "Adeste Fideles" 
together again for a long time. Betty Cocke will 
sing it as Mrs. Peyton Winfree in Lynchburg. 
Libby Wall will sing it in either Scranton or 
New York, and Logan in Augusta. Arnie Susong 
will be in Tennessee, and Chloe in the same state, 
but the other end of it. Lib Morton will be in 
either New York or Lynchburg, and I'll be here 
in South Carolina. That Carol Service meant 
college to me, and I wish I could sing it every 
year of my life, on condition that we all could 
sing in it every year! 

The carols we sang then came from all over 
the world, and all over the world there'll be mil- 
lions of songs sung about Christmas. When you 
hear them, think of the rest of the class; we wish 
you a Merry, Merry Christmas, and the Happiest 
New Year ever. 

Alice Benet. 

Myra Bell Bridges was married to William Ros- 
well Greer, October 17, 1936. They are now at 
home at 218 West 15th Avenue, Pine Bluff, Ar- 

Mary Louise Agnew was married to John Mer- 
rill, October 17, 1936. Mary Turnbull and Kate 
Shaffer were among her bridesmaids. 

Can you help us locate the following members 
of your class who are "lost"? 

Fox, Shirley Turner. 

Cornelia McDuffie will be one of the season's 
debutantes in Mobile, Alabama. 

Kitty King Corbett is a junior this year at the 
University of Texas. She is majoring in Bacter- 

Janet Forbush is a junior at Northwestern Uni- 
versity, Evanston, Illinois. 


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New Lithographs of Familiar Sweet Briar Scenes by Lester B. Miller 

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Volume \ 1 

MARCH, 1937 

Number 3 

Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridce, '18, Editor 


Impressions of Sweet Briar 3 

LEcole 5 

Nominees for the Alumna Member of the 

Board of Overseers 7 

We Point With Pride To 8 

New Developments at Sweet Briar 9 

Miss Wilcox Wins International Fame 11 

Experiments With Scholarship Examinations ... 12 

The Sweet Briar College Club of New York ... 14 

News Flashes from Other Alumnae Clubs .... 15 

Of Books No End 16 

Visiting Ministers 17 

May Day, 1937 18 

Class Personals 18 


Mrs. Herman Wells Coxe 
l Elmyra Pennypacker, '20 1 

3107 Queen Lane 
Germantown, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. Arthur B. Kline 

(Catherine Cordes, "21) 

4421 Schenley Farms Terrace 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Jeanette Boone, "27 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Geraldine Mallory, '33 

169 East Clinton Avenue 

Tenafly. New Jersey 

Mrs. George F. Tinker 

(Virginia Lee Taylor, '26) 

49 Madison Avenue 

Montclair, New Jersey 

Margaret McVey, '18 
I Honorary Member) 
1417 Grove Avenue 
Richmond, Virginia 

Director of Alumnae Clubs 

Mrs. Jasper A. Reynolds 
i Mary Macdonald, '30) 

Newell Apartments 
Chattanooga, Tennessee 

the sweet briar alumnae 

Alumnae Member oj the 

Board of Directors 
Mrs. Charles Burnett 

( Eugenia Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Members of the 

Board of Overseers 

Mrs. Kent Balls 

(Elizabeth Franke, T3) 

3406 Lowell Street, N. W. 
Washington. D. C. 

Mrs. William Williamson, Jr. 

(Martha Lee, '25) 

518 Hermitage Road 

Charlotte, North Carolina 


Mrs. Frederick Valentine 

(Elizabeth Taylor, '23) 

5515 Cary Street Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

First Vice-President 

Mrs. Howard Luff 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

2215 Devonshire Drive 

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 

Second Vice-President 

Elizabeth Wall, '36 

1023 Electric Street 

Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Alumnae Secretary 

and Treasurer 
Vivienne Barkalow 

Breckenridce, '18 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairman Alumnae Fund 
Gertrude Prior. '29 
Sweet Briar. Virginia 



March, 1937 

Alumnae News 

Impressions of Sweet Briar 

(Editor's Note: Mademoiselle Leonie "N illurtl, professor of English and American Literature at 
the University of Lyons in France, spent the month of February at Sweet Briar as Visiting Carnegie 
Professor. She has come to the United States for the second semester of this academic year under 
the auspices of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is dividing her time between five 
women's colleges in this country. Sweet Briar was the first college that she visited. While at Sweet 
Briar Mademoiselle Yillard gave a series of lectures and also met informally with faculty groups and 
advanced students for round table discussions on subjects in her particular field of knowledge. She 
offered a wide range of lecture subjects relating to education in France, social and cultural aspects of 
French civilization, and the main currents of modern French literature.) 

By Leonie Villard 

(doming AS I did straight from Europe 
to Virginia, after a few feverishly busy 
days in New York, Sweet Briar held for 
me the thrill of the unknown, of the unex- 
pected, and also of what answered the 
dreams of the most romantic moments of 
my imagination. I had looked forward 
eagerly to the mere fact of coming to Vir- 
ginia, a state so rich in its historical asso- 
ciations, so akin to Europe in many aspects 
of its culture and manners. I had been 
told also what high rank Sweet Briar held 
among the best women's colleges in Amer- 
ica. But I had no idea what the college 
itself, its site, and its external aspect, would 
be like. The only thing I knew was that in 
some parts of Virginia the countryside bore 
a definite resemblance to some hilly dis- 
tricts in France. And indeed the varied 
beauty of the landscape around Sweet 
Briar, the horizon line on which the Blue 
Ridge mountains outlined themselves, the 
surrounding country to which only its to- 
bacco shacks and the porches of its houses 
had for me a touch of strangeness — all this 
wore for me from the first an almost 
familiar and homelike aspect. If Virginia 
was no foreign country to me, Sweet Briar 
itself, where I received the friendliest and 
most generous welcome, soon became a 
place in which I found with pleasure that 
my life fitted in with that of its inhabitants. 
And it had for me in reserve, for all its 
homelike aspect, some wonders and sur- 
prises that made my first days full of 
pleasant discoveries. From the life of 
great cities I had come to a vast estate 
with woods, meadows and a lake of its 
own. in a beautiful region where, if die 
sun shone — and it did not choose to do it 
too often — it revealed the green beauty of 
lawns that had kept in the heart of winter 

most of the freshness of spring, where, 
after breakfast, one could see cardinals, 
shining like live rubies, coming to the win- 
dowsill for crumbs. And I was told that 
here in summer one could see tiny hum- 
ming birds hovering like butterflies over 
the flowers. 

Memories of colonial days, of the gra- 
cious and unhurried life on a large plan- 
tation, hovered round Sweet Briar House 
and made the stately Boxwood trees that 
encircle it look as if they had been placed 
there long ago to keep intact, in spite of 
every change, memories indissolubly asso- 
ciated with the traditions of the past. And 
indeed, in such a setting, the past and the 
present seemed to me to have come to an 
agreement which modern life too rarely 
allows. Everywhere there floated in the air 
the sound of young happy voices, every- 
where the newcomer met eager-eyed stu- 
dents who gave her a smile of welcome. 
Before I had really come into contact with 
the collegiate life of Sweet Briar, on one of 
my first evenings I saw in the gymnasium, 
transformed for the occasion into an evo- 
cation of the wonders of the deep sea, the 
graceful display of something I had never 
seen before: the sophomore figure which is 
a traditional pageant given at the midterm 
Sweet Briar ball. Girls in charming eve- 
ning dresses performed with their boy part- 
ners a series of stately and rhythmical evo- 
lutions, unconsciously displaying a youth- 
ful dignity, a poised and sweet gravity 
which gave me, even before I could really 
know anything of them, an inkling of the 
qualities, both personal and social, fostered 
in the students by the atmosphere and the 
ideals of Sweet Briar. 

It was my good fortune to see thus Sweet 
Briar at play and to see some part of its 
social life before I saw it at work. To the 


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mere visitor I had been at first, Sweet Briar 
had seemed to possess an atmosphere of 
freedom and happiness, of seclusion with- 
out isolation, of a little self-contained uni- 
verse which somehow reminded me of the 
college which Tennyson's Princess Ida had 
made into a world where all the girls were 
queens and where the turmoil of modern 
existence was, for the time being, forbidden 
to intrude into the enchanted precincts of 
the campus. Fortunately, on one point, 
Sweet Briar differed strikingly from the 
coll ge described in Tennyson's poem. 
Sweet Briar was not narrowly exclusive of 
masculine presences and its gates were not 
at all times jealously closed against men 
or boys. The midterm ball had shown 
things were done here more wisely than in 
the college built out of a poet's dream. 

As soon as I began to share in the work 
of Sweet Briar, I could not but admire the 
thoroughness and seriousness of its studies 
and the results the best teaching drew from 
the students. In the French and English 
Departments where my work mostly lay, I 
had the pleasure of addressing classes 
equally eager and receptive, whether I 
spoke on subjects relating to French or to 
English literature. In the French Depart- 
ment, I had the privilege of addressing- 
classes so thoroughly grounded in the lan- 
guage and literature of France that I could 
speak to them in French and forget entirely 
while I was speaking that I was not talking 
to French students, but to American girls. 
They could follow everything I said and, 
what was more, when I had done speaking, 
the students were capable of asking me the 
most pertinent questions. This made it 
doubly delightful to the speaker, who had 
seen the students taking notes and who 
knew at the end of the class that, while 
listening, the minds of her audience had 
been constantly on the alert, taking in 
every point so completely as to be able 
later on to ask for further information and 
discussion. Other groups of students I had 
the pleasure to meet and I was especially 
struck with the keen interest shown in the 
affairs of the day by the members of the 

Sociology and Economics Club and the 
group of the International Relations Club. 
Not only was I struck with the mental alert- 
ness of the students on every subject, 
whether classical or contemporary, but also 
I liked the attitude of the girls toward their 
professors. This was a new thing to me, 
as in France we have nothing like residen- 
tial colleges and the relations, however 
friendly, between professors and students 
cannot wear the same aspects as those that 
are fostered by the fact of living in the 
same place and meeting at every hour of 
the day whether for work or for play. The 
attitude of the students struck me as unit- 
ing, in a very charming and delightful way, 
the courtesy due to the status of a teacher 
and the friendliness born of spontaneous or 
reasoned sympathies. I remember in par- 
ticular a very delightful incident which 
will remain in my memory as characteristic 
of Sweet Briar in this respect. A student 
was giving at the Inn a birthday party to 
her friends and on her table stood a cake 
surrounded by the due number of tiny 
lighted candles. I was sitting with a pro- 
fessor at a table nearby; we were at the 
end of our meal, when the heroine of the 
birthday party came over to our table and 
brought us, with a shy smile, two slices of 
her birthday cake, so that the faculty also 
might share in her birthday treat. 

Speaking of women's colleges, H. G. 
Wells once made a character in one of his 
novels say that, in his opinion, the life led 
by young women at college represented the 
happiest time a woman had any right to 
expect in this workaday world. I do not 
share in this opinion. Deeply convinced 
as I am of the high value of the work done 
at Sweet Briar, I know this work is excel- 
lent not only in itself, but because it is a 
preparation for a wider life which will not 
be a disappointment to the ideals and to the 
normal ambitions of modern girls. I know 
from direct experience that in Sweet Briar 
the students are trained to look at life, not 
only as a place for one to play in, but as a 
place wherein to develop one's personality 
to the fullest extent. 

March, 1937 

Alumnae News 


By Anne M. Corbitt, '34 

After HAVING spent a very interesting 
vear in France I will try to tell you a little 
something; about it. From various sources 
I hear that I have been "studying art in 
Paris." "teaching school in Paris," etc.. 
when the whole and simple truth is that I 
was the assistante anglaise a l'Ecole Nation- 
ale Professionnelle de Jeunes Filles at 
Bourses — meaning that I gave courses in 
English conversation in return for which 
I received mv room and board and the 
privilege to follow any courses I wished 
in the government schools in the city. 

Bourges is situated in the very center of 
France, "pas mouvementc" as the French 
sav "et une ville triste ou il pleut tou- 
jours." But for its verv lack of gaietc and 
tourisme Bourges is interesting because it 
is a tvpical ville de province, still contain- 
ing many of the old noble French families, 
and clinging tenaciouslv to its customs oi 
centuries past. 

The Ecole Nationale Professionnelle, in 
contrast to the old city, is a modern insti- 
tution. It is housed in the buildings of a 
former seminarv which was confiscated and 
taken over by the state as its property when 
the church and state separated in 1908. 
During the war the building opposite the 
caserne (barracks) was used as a hospital, 
its long dormitories and spacious corridors 
suiting admirably for the purpose. For 
many years after the end of the war it lay- 
deserted, its large park overgrown with 
weeds and its windows battues par le vent. 
In 1929 the French government, at the 
height of its prosperity, decided to equip 
a professional school, the first of its kind 
in France for girls, children of the work- 
ing classes who idled in the streets and 
were unfitted for life. The ancien stmi- 
naire was taken over, new panes were put 
into the windows, chauffage central was in- 
stalled, and the dormitories were equipped 
with running water. Now each little boxed 
off partition of the dortoir contains, as well 
as a bed reminiscent of a hospital and cup- 
boards in which the pupils can place their 
belongings, a lavabos and a bidet with run- 
ning hot and cold water. On the first floor 

of one of the wings, beyond the classrooms 
were placed the douches (showers) to 
which, every evening, a number of pupils 
are escorted to undergo the weekly scrub- 
bing. On Wednesday and Saturday nights 
dinner is advanced an half hour in order 
that a greater number of pupils may have 
a douche. The largest classrooms were 
equipped — one with sewing machines and 
forms necessary for girls studying dress- 
making: another with forms for hatmaking, 
tables and stencils for embroidering every- 
thing from baby bibs to church altar 
cloths: another as an art studio where girls 
learn to draw posters for advertising; an- 
other with a printing press where these 
posters could be printed; another as a 
laboratory; and still another room was 
fitted up with typewriters on little tables 
in very straight rows. The smaller rooms 
were left to be used as classrooms where 
the girls are taught the more classical sub- 
jects — literature, grammar, psychology, 
mathematics, etc., as well as economics, 
publicity, and other subjects pertaining to 
a profession. The refectories with their 
successive rows of long tables were opened 
again and green plants were placed on the 
top of the narrow 7 , oblong gray serviette 
cupboards attached to the wall at the end 
of each table. A small dining room at the 
far end of the refectories was furnished foi 
the surveillantes, girls graduated from a 
lycee, who have charge of the pupils out- 
side of class hours. These surveillantes 
also are privileged to have rooms au trois- 
icme (etage), but do not enjoy such lux- 
uries as a shower or salle de bains. 

The little Gothic chapel at the far end 
of the inner court was divested of its sacred 
objects and in the chancel were placed bars, 
horses, and various sorts of apparatus to be 
used in gymnastics. On each side of the 
entrance to the chapel were put long coat 
racks on which the pupils may hang their 
coats, and placed haphazardly all across 
the floor of the chapel are benches where 
groups of cleves sit and chat or knit during 
the recreation periods. From the chapel at 
various hours issue sounds which tell the 
time of dav to anyone who is not fortunate 

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March. 1937 

enough to have a watch. At 7:45 A. M. 
there is the general rush of the externes to 
rid themselves of their coats and be ready 
by the 8:00 o'clock bell: at 10:00 A. M. 
the cries of "je voudrais un petit pain" to 
the concierge who stands on the threshold 
of the chapel with her big laundry basket 
of petit s pains au chocolat which she sells 
for 50 centimes apiece: at noon the externes 
are heard rushing for their coats in order 
to go out for lunch: during the afternoon 
sounds of "un, deux, trois, quatre, marchez, 
sautez, baissez le tronc," etc., from the gym- 
nastic teacher are mingled with the sound 
of feet walking, jumping, running over the 
stone floor: and oftentimes faint notes from 
a piano or violin issue from the little ante- 
room where some musically inclined Sieve 
is struggling with the elements of music. 
Always in the evening a girl strums on the 
piano whose timbre is much like that of 
"une vieille casserole," old French tunes, 
while the pupils dance around and around 
with one another. France now has freedom 
of religion, so the chapel is never used for 
religious purposes. The few Sieves who 
observe mass do so at the nearby Eglise de 
Sacre Coeur. At 9:00 o'clock pupils are 
heard scurrying from the chapel in order 
to line up in the court whence they are 
escorted by the surveillantes to the dortoir. 
Only the sound of the chouettes then re- 
minds these still aw 7 ake that the night is 
growing older. 

Though the equipment of the school is 
comparatively modern, many old customs 
are still observed there. A high wall en- 
closes the buildings and park except for a 
limited space between the front wings jut- 
ting out to the sidewalk where a high grille 
stands. Through the grille one can see 
formal beds of roses before the main en- 
trance to the Scole. The buildings are of a 
grayish sand color and the Sieves are re- 
quired to wear smocks of almost the same 
shade. When the weather is chilly this 
sameness of color is varied by bright hued 
shawls and little fur pieces which the girls 
throw over their shoulders or wrap around 
their throats to protect them from the cold. 
When the Sieves pass beyond the gate of 
the school they must wear navy blue coats 
and hats and they are always accompanied 
by one or more surveillantes, depending 
on the size of the group. On Thursdays 

and Sundays pupils may go out with their 
relatives or correspondents, parents repre- 
sentatives, who have authority to faire pro- 
mener des Sieves. Young men callers, 
other than brothers, are never received, so 
that many false brothers appear from time 
to time. Girls are not allowed even to cor- 
respond with young men, and one poor 
child lost all of her privileges because a 
letter in apparent male handwriting was 
opened and found to be from a young man 
whom she had met on the train returning 
to school after Christmas vacation. The 
surveillante gSnerale was furious, but the 
girls who saw the letter said there was no 
"scandale et que le jeune homme etait tres 
gentil et bien sympathique." 

I was the second assistant in the Scole, 
my predecessor having been an English 
woman. To many in the school I was the 
first American they had ever seen. When 
my trunk arrived there were Sieves over 
and around it, everywhere but in it, I be- 
lieve, to try and find out if I had cere- 
monial robes of beads and feathers inside. 
The younger pupils, wide-eyed, often used 
to interrogate me about des peaux rouges 
et des sauvages en AmSrique. There was 
still greater curiosity when I began to un- 
pack my trunk au troisieme, for wardrobe 
trunks are virtually non-existent in France, 
at least, among the lower bourgeoisie, and, 
moreover, because in the trunk the surveil- 
lantes had descried a yellow dress and a 
black crepe evening dress. Yellow, I 
learned later, is worn in France only by 
small children and by those people who 
wish to attract attention because they have 
been trompS (deceived) by their mates. A 
black evening dress, except taffeta, can be 
worn only by matrons or cocottes — never 
by young girls. 

To know these people, one must live with 
them, and living in a French school is not 
exactly easy. Although the French girls 
and I were very different, we gradually 
arrived at a more mutual understanding 
after many months of close contact with 
each other. Their sentimental natures 
rather touched me, especially when I saw 
tears in many little eyes at parting. I must 
admit I often miss their sympathie and 
sentiment and, above all, their love of 
everything that is beautiful — from a tiny 
flower to a great cathedral. 

March. 1937 

Alumnae News 

Nominees for the Alumna Member of the Board 

of Overseers 

J\t the mid-winter meeting of the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Council the two nom- 
inees for the next alumna member of the 
Board of Overseers were selected. You 
may be sure that careful consideration was 
given to every nomination sent in by our 
Clubs and we found ourselves wishing that 
we did not have to limit the nominees to 
two as the entire list was a splendid one. 
In considering our candidates for this au- 
gust body we asked the questions, "What 
can she bring to the Board both from the 
standpoint of education and of business ex- 
perience and finally can she be counted on 
to present adequately the alumnae view- 
point?" When you have read the list of 
achievements of these two candidates you 
will be bound to agree that the choice of 
the Council was wise. According to our 
constitution these two candidates are now 
presented to you, and you will have the 
privilege of casting your vote by mail, pro- 
vided you are either a life member or a 
contributor to the Alumnae Fund. 

Annie Powell, 1910, Mrs. William T. 
Hodges, 1223 Westmoreland Avenue, Nor- 
folk, Virginia. Immediately following her 

graduation in 1910 Mrs. Hodges became an 
Instructor in English at Sweet Briar Col- 
lege and remained in the Department of 
English for two years. In the fall of 1912 
she went to Columbia University where she 
received her M.A. in History and English 
in June, 1913. She has since done consid- 
erable work toward her Ph.D., in concen- 
trating on Nineteenth Century English Lit- 
erature. She returned to Sweet Briar for 
the year 1913-1914 and again taught Eng- 
lish. From 1914-1916 Mrs. Hodges was 
Assistant Professor of English at the State 
Teachers' College in Farmville. In the 
fall of 1916 she went to Savannah to be 
an Instructor of English in the High 
School. She held this position until 1920 
when she became Principal of Chatham 
Hall. Chatham, Virginia. She remained at 
Chatham Hall until 1925 when she went to 
the College of William and Mary to be- 
come Dean of Women and Professor of 
English. It was at this time that she ap- 
peared in Who's Who. In 1927 she gave 
up her work to be married. She was 
pressed into service in 1929-1930 as an 
Assistant Professor of English at the Col- 




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March, 1937 

lege of William and Mary. She has twice 
been president of the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Association, once in 1910 and again from 
1930-1932. She has recently been elected 
a life member to the Board of Trustees at 
Chatham Hall. 

Margaret Grant, 1915, Mrs. H. 0. 
Schneider, R. F. D. No. 1, Peekskill, New 
York. In June, 1917, Mrs. Schneider re- 
ceived her M.A. in Sociology from Colum- 
bia University. Following this, she did the 
economic research on the Colonel House 
Inquiry. From 1919-1921, and again in 
1935-1936, she studied for her Ph.D. at 
Columbia and at American University. 
From 1921-1924 she did the editorial work 
on Diary of the Paris Conference, ivith 
Documents, by David Hunter Miller. Then 
until 1927 she was engaged in the Invest- 
ment Securities business. In 1933 she was 
appointed a member of the Rockefeller 
Liquor Control Committee and in this year 
she was also co-author of the report entitled 
Toward Liquor Control, published by Har- 
per. The year 1934-1935 found her doing 
editorial and research work with the Twen- 
tieth Century Fund. At this time she was 
also Editor of Stock Market Control, pub- 
lished by D. Appleton-Century, 1934, and 

in 1935 she was Editor of The Security 
Markets, published by the Twentieth Cen- 
tury Fund. In 1935 Mrs. Schneider was 
also Associate Research Director of the 
Corporation Survey Committee of the 
Twentieth Century Fund. In September 
1935 she was appointed a Staff Member of 
the Committee on Social Security of the 
Social Science Research Council. She still 
holds that position and has just returned 
from a five-months study in Europe of the 
financial problems involved in old-age pen- 
sions and insurance. She was elected to 
make this survey by the Social Science Re- 
search Council. 

Due to the fact that the Board of Over- 
seers has changed the time of their semi- 
annual meeting from the Monday of com- 
mencement week to the last Monday in 
May the election of an alumna member 
will have to be done entirely by mail. It 
is necessary, therefore, that the ballots will 
close at noon on Monday, May 31, 1937. 
The name of the next alumna member of 
the Board of Overseers will be sent to the 
Board of Overseers for confirmation at this 
May meeting which is called for two 
o'clock on the afternoon of Monday, May 
31. Our newly elected member will attend 
her first meeting in October. 

We Point With Pride To 

An article "What Is Social Psychology?" 
v ritten by Martha Lou Lemmon, '34. The 
article is published in The American Jour- 
nal of Psychology. Martha Lou will re- 
ceive her Ph.D. from Cornell this June. 
She is now a part time instructor in Psy- 
chology at Cornell University. 

The October issue of Journal of the Opti- 
cal Society of America which contains an 
article on "A Photovoltaic Cell Reflection 
Densitometer" written by Nora M. Mohler 
of Smith College and Delia Ann Taylor, 

Two of our Alumnae who have become 
"First Ladies." Isabel Wood, '19, is Mrs. 
Homer A. Holt, wife of the new Governor 
of West Virginia. Elizabeth Ward, ex-'17, 
is Mrs. Leslie Jensen, wife of the new Gov- 
ernor of South Dakota. 

The achievements of our two candidates 
for alumna member of the Board of Over- 
seers for 1937-1943. 

Dorothy Hamilton Davis, '26, newly ap- 
pointed Alumnae Fund Chairman for 1937- 

Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridge, '18, 
President of the American Alumni Council. 

Stanley Miller Hopkins, ex-'23, who has 
had her second book, "The Sixth of June," 

Katherine Emery, '28, who, after com- 
pleting a successful tour with "The Chil- 
dren's Hour," has undertaken to direct the 
Montclair Junior League's children's play 
"The Patchwork Girl of Oz." 

Nar Warren Taylor, '27, who has com- 
pleted work for her M.A. at Columbia. 

Martha Henderson Goings, ex-'31, who is 
receiving distinction for her water colors. 
She went to the New York School of Fine 
and Applied Art where she won a scholar- 
ship in her last year. She now conducts 
a school of her own in Birmingham. 

March. 1937 

\i.i m\ u: Nk\\> 

New Developments at Sweet Briar 

By Dean Emily H. Dltton 

In two quite different directions aca- 
demic change* of some importance have 
been made this year at Sweet Briar. The 
first concerns the field of concentration or 
the major work of the junior and senior 

For students who have already devel- 
oped a special interest in some subject it 
is possible to choose almost any one of the 
departments as the field of major study. 
Next year we are for the first time offering 
a major in Art: the major in Music has 
also been recently opened and an added 
major in English which puts its emphasis 
on Drama. A mere enumeration of the 
other departmental major offerings would 
include Biblical Literature, or Religion: 
Biology, with the emphasis on either Zo- 
ology or Botany: Chemistry: Economics 
and Sociology with the emphasis on either: 
English: Classics: History with the empha- 
sis on Ancient. American, British or Euro- 
pean History, or upon Government: Mathe- 
matics: French: Romance Languages: Phi- 
losophy and Psychology, with the emphasis 
on either: and Physics: also the pre-medi- 
cal major. 

A few 7 years ago we established two 
major courses of a different sort, which 
we called interdepartmental majors, cut- 
ting across a number of departments in the 
study of some central subject or idea. 
These two major subjects. American Prob- 
lems and Revolution and Romanticism, in- 
terested a number of students who pre- 
ferred to follow an idea with a somewhat 
broader scope than w r as possible by con- 
centrating their work in one department 
with its related subjects. So far as I know. 
Sweet Briar was something of a pioneer in 
this idea of interdepartmental majors. It 
has, however, come to be a plan offered by 
an increasing number of colleges although 
the details and names vary in different in- 

stitutions some of which call them topical 


Last spring the committee on instruction 
recommended and the faculty approved 
plans for nine additional new interdepart- 
mental majors. All these plans have cer- 
tain points in common. There is a group 
of required courses and another group of 
electives. In general it is expected that the 
major will include at least 36 hours in ad- 
dition to courses taken to meet the general 
requirements for the degree. But the total 
number of hours varies, depending some- 
what upon the degree of advancement of 
the required courses and their prerequisites. 
Each major is planned to concentrate the 
effort of the student upon some subject, 
some idea or influence as a departmental 
major does. But, whereas the concentra- 
tion in a departmental major is within the 
department, the focus of interdepartmental 
majors is rather upon relationships cutting 
across departmental boundaries. It is in- 
tended that these interdepartmental majors 
shall afford greater flexibility for the pro- 
grams of students whose interest is not con- 
fined within the regular departmental lines. 

The subjects of the nine new interde- 
partmental majors for which plans have 
been approved are: Bio-Sociology; Clas- 
sical Civilization with special emphasis 
upon one of the following: Art and Ar- 
chaeology, Fifth Centurv Athens, The Last 
Century of the Roman Republic. The Au- 
gustan Age, or The Roman Empire: Inter- 
national Affairs: Physical Mathematics; 
Political Economy; The "Quadrivium"*; 
Religion and Social Problems; Religion 
and Social Theorv: The Renaissance. A 
major in Medieval Civilization was also 
planned, but was postponed for the present. 

The student electing one of these majors 
is to choose an adviser with the approval 
of the Dean. She will plan her course in 
consultation with her adviser and the pro- 

*"Quadrivium"' is thus defined in the dictionary: In medieval times it meant the four liberal 
arts, Arithmetic. Music, Geometry, and Astronomy, to which this name was assigned by the School- 
men. The idea of a trivium and quadrivium is said to date from the sixth century. The Quadrivium 
constituted the higher division of the seven liberal arts and formed the course for the three years 
study between the B.A. and the M.A. degree. The "Trivium" meant the three liberal arts, gram- 
mar, logic and rhetoric. 


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March. 1937 

gram must be approved by the departments 
concerned — that is — the departments repre- 
sented in the list of the required courses. 
In addition there will be a faculty chair- 
man for each major, who will have general 
supervision over it, will consult with the 
advisers and department heads, and assist 
in making the student's course an inte- 
grated whole. 

These fifteen departmental and twelve 
interdepartmental majors, including the 
pre-medical major, offer the student a wide 
choice for the more concentrated work of 
her last two years and, together with the 
honors plan of study and the possibility 
for outstanding students of studying dur- 
ing the junior year at St. Andrews Univer- 
sity in Scotland or in France, under the 
Foreign Study Plan of the University of 
Delaware, or in Germany under a plan 
which has been developed for the junior 
year there, represent a greatly enriched 
course which would seem to offer stimu- 
lating and attractive opportunity to all 
students however varied their interests pro- 
vided they wish the work of an undergrad- 
uate college of liberal arts. 

The other change is in regard to the 
regulations concerning absence from aca- 
demic appointments. The report of Dr. 
Hudson as chairman of a representative 
committee of eight members of the faculty 
which has been working upon this matter 
for some time was adopted by the facultv 
and put into effect for the current semester. 
The committee considered carefully expres- 
sions of student opinion, the practices of 
other colleges, and our local situation. It 
based its recommendations upon the idea 
of giving greater responsibility to students 
who proved themselves able to meet the 
academic standards of Sweet Briar College 
without a close check upon their attendance 
at classes and at the same time of stimulat- 
ing and guarding by restrictions those for 
whom regular class attendance is essential 
in order to strengthen the quality of their 
work. Student comments indicate that the 
new rulings will, as the committee hoped, 
tend to improve the quality of the academic 

The new regulations are as follows: 

A student is expected to attend her classes 
regularly and to keep her other academic 

appointments. Responsibility for attend- 
ance, however, except as noted below, rests 
with the student, who must judge the valid- 
ity of a reason for absence realizing that 
every absence involves a loss that usually 
cannot be wholly made up. 


(a) All freshmen are required to attend 
classes during their first semester in col- 
lege, but are permitted in each course as 
many absences as the number of credit 
hours for that course. In their second 
semester freshmen who have attained a 
credit ratio of 1.5 in the work of the first 
semester have the same privilege as upper 
class students; if their credit ratio is less 
than 1.5, they have the same requirement 
for attendance as in the first semester. 

fb) Repeating freshmen and upper class 
students whose cumulative credit ratio is 
less than 1.00 at the end of any semester 
are in the succeeding semester and until 
they have attained a credit ratio of 1.00 
limited to as many permitted absences in 
each course as the number of credit hours 
for that course. Any absence of such stu- 
dents on Saturday or Monday shall count 
as two absences. Repeating freshmen and 
upper class students who are "warned" in 
two or more subjects at the end of the first 
six weeks of the first semester are immed- 
iately subject to the rules of this section for 
the remainder of that semester. 

( c ) Students on probation are permitted 
no absences except for illness. 

Absences in excess of the number per- 
mitted under sections fa) and (b) above 
automatically place a student on probation. 
Any student on probation who has an unex- 
cused absence shall be asked to withdraw 
from college, unless she presents a reason 
satisfactory to the Executive Committee of 
the Faculty. An unexcused absence in this 
case is one for which the reason given is 
insufficient in the opinion of the Dean. 

Absences permitted under sections (a) 
and ( b ) above are exclusive of absences 
due to illness. A student with a limited 
number of permitted absences, if absent 
from any academic appointment on account 
of illness, should give to the Dean prompt- 
ly a written explanation of her absence, 
unless her name is on the infirmary list. 

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The Dean will notify freshmen who have 
attained a credil ratio of 1.5 in their first 

semester's work, and students who come 
under sections (b) and (c) above regard- 
ing their standing as soon as possihle after 
the end of the rating period or semester. 
The Deans office will furnish promptly to 
each instructor the names of students for 
whom a report on attendance is expected. 
Instructors w r ill report to the Dean on the 
day of occurrence absences of any student 
on this list. 

Any student whose work seems to be 
seriously affected by excessive class ab- 
sences should be reported to the Dean. 

The Dean has the power to modify in her 
discretion the operation of any rules when 
the case of any student is in her opinion 

All work missed should be made up 
promptly. This should be done in advance 
of the absence if it can be anticipated. 
Students take full responsibility for re- 
questing instructors for assistance in mak- 
ing up work. Such assistance is a favor 
which an instructor may. or may not, grant, 
as he sees fit. Students should remember 
that the making up of laboratory work 
presents peculiar difficulties due to material 
and procedure. The nature of evidence re- 
quired by an instructor that work missed 
by absence has been satisfactorily made up 
is left to his discretion and should be an- 

nounced at the beginning of a course. Stu- 
dents ma\ net change from section to sir- 
lion in order to leave early nor to prevent 
or remove records of absences, but tln-\ 
ma) with the permission of the instructor 
make such a change in order to make up 

If a student is unable on account of ill- 
ness to take an examination at the time 
scheduled, she must secure a physician's 
certificate of illness and present it to the 
Dean and to the instructor of the class in 
which the examination was missed, who 
will set the time for a special examination. 
Absence for other reasons than that of ill- 
ness will be considered as. cause for for- 
feiture of credit in the course, unless the 
student presents for such absence reasons 
satisfactory to the instructor and to the 

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday. Because 
a recess through the following week-end 
would be unusually extensive and would 
be close to the beginning of the Christmas 
recess the college will remain in session. 
As Thanksgiving Day constitutes a break 
in college work the week-end following 
Thanksgiving is regarded as differing from 
others in the year. On this week-end no 
absences from college which involve ab- 
sences from a class will be permitted ex- 
cept for urgent reasons. 

Miss Wilcox Wins International Fame 

The Society of American Etchers assembled a group of prints for a 
""National Exhibit of Lithographs. Woodcuts, and Block Prints 1 ' which was 
held at the National Arts Club in New York from February 4 to 25. Two litho- 
graphs, "The Point" and "Boats" done by Miss Wilcox, of our Art Department, 
were shown. Of the 2,000 prints shown at this Exhibit 200 were selected to be 
sent to Europe for a year of traveling exhibitions. One of Miss Wilcox's was 
included in this group. According to Mr. John Taylor Arms. President of the 
N.A., A.R.E. it was the resolve of the Society "to present in these exhibitions the 
best that America has to offer." We are truly proud of Miss Wilcox. 


Sweet Briar College 

March, 1937 

Experiment With Scholarship Examinations 

By Mrs. Bernice D. Lill, Registrar 

Sweet briar is joining in the experi- 
ment with scholarship examinations which 
was announced by the College Entrance 
Examination Board in January. The ex- 
periment was initiated by Harvard, \ale, 
Princeton and Columbia "to help these in- 
stitutions choose the nation's ablest high 
school students for their scholarships," ac- 
cording to Dr. George W. Mullins, Execu- 
tive Secretary of the Board. Many col- 
leges and universities, including the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore and 
Mount Holyoke, are planning to use the 
scholarship examinations. Tests are sched- 
uled for Saturday, April 24, two months in 
advance of the regular College Board ex- 
aminations. They will consist of two ex- 
aminations of three hours each, a scholas- 
tic aptitude test and a general achievement 

Since 1931 Sweet Briar has been offering 
annually twelve competitive freshman 
scholarships of $400.00 each on the basis of 
College Board examinations, school record 
and recommendations. We have used the 
Board examinations in connection with rec- 
ords from schools of varying standards so 
as to have a common measurement of appli- 
cants made under uniform conditions. The 
usual examination plan includes the schol- 
astio aptitude test and four examinations in 
subjects studied in secondary school. These 
tests, scheduled during the third week of 
June each year, are offered in many centers 
throughout the United States and in foreign 
countries. The number of scholarship ap- 
plicants for Sweet Briar taking these tests 
has increased from seven in 1931 to thirty 
in 1936. Inquiries about the competitive 
scholarships have been far in excess of the 
number actually taking the tests. Varied 
reasons have been given by these interested 
applicants for not taking the required 
Board examinations, and it seems probable 
that the new scholarship tests will meet 
many of these objections. 

Some applicants for scholarships feel 
that thev must have word about the possi- 
bility of financial assistance before the end 
of Julv. vet this was not feasible when the 

required examinations took place after the 
middle of June. Other applicants believe 
tutoring to be necessary before presenting 
themselves for the examinations in various 
subjects: this involves expense and so de- 
ters these applicants. Of more serious im- 
port is the conviction of high school stu- 
dents — and often of their teachers and of 
school principals — that students from 
schools which do not plan their curricula 
to conform with College Board require- 
ments and which do not use former Board 
examinations as part of the regular school 
testing program, are handicapped in com- 
petition with students from private schools. 
In New York State there has been a serious 
conflict of the Begents examinations with 
the College Board examinations, which has 
served to discourage scholarship appli- 
cants: some students have shown the forti- 
tude to attempt both kinds of tests in the 
single week, but the difficulty of comparing 
their scores with those made by applicants 
taking only one set of examinations at this 
time has placed great responsibility on the 
Chairman of the Scholarship Committee. 
This Committee has also faced a problem 
in the necessity for making decisions in the 
summer when all its members were on va- 
cation. A minor but persistent objection 
to the June examinations is the protest of 
parents who have made summer plans in- 
volving the very week of the examinations 
and of parents who believe their daughters 
need the whole summer for rest after the 
strain of the final year in secondary school. 
Sweet Briar recognizes the handicap to ap- 
plicants from the South in requiring Col- 
lege Board examinations as a partial basis 
for scholarship awards, because the pro- 
portion of College Board examination cen- 
ters in the South has been very low indeed. 
For instance, in 1936 when the examina- 
tions were offered in more than 300 cen- 
ters, there were only twenty-seven centers 
in the states which are classified as South- 
ern in our geographical distribution. Sweet 
Briar has consistently wished to preserve 
the widespread representation and particu- 
larly the Southern representation, which 
has prevailed throughout Sweet Briar's 

March, 1937 

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history without am artificial cultivation. 

The plan of examination centers for.jhe 
April scholarship tests presents a distinctly 
different picture. Among the 150 centers 
forty-one are in the South; this represents 
an increase from less than ten per cent of 
the regular centers to more than twenty-five 
per cent of the scholarship centers. (In 
this change we doubtless find reflected the 
desire of the universities initiating the new 
program for greater representation from 
the South as part of a policy to become 
more truly "national.") Many other criti- 
cisms of the use of the regular College 
Board examinations will be met by the ad- 
vance in the date for the tests to April. 
And others will be met by the type or 
character of the examinations, since the 
two tests are designed to preclude any ad- 
vantage from tutoring or cramming. Can- 
didates will be supplied with practice book- 
lets to acquaint them with the character of 
the questions on the scholastic aptitude test 
and the form of the test; by this means it 
is hoped to eliminate any handicap which 
might result from unfamiliarity with tests 
of similar form. 

The results of the scholarship examina- 
tions will have no bearing on an appli- 
cant's admission status. Our use of the 
new tests will not affect our continued use 
of the June Board examinations as a re- 
quired or optional part of the admission 
procedure for certain students. Sweet 
Briar has used the Board examinations to 
supplement school certificates either by re- 

quiring four comprehensive examinations 
or by requiring examinations in specific 
subjects in which an applicant had pre- 
sented comparatively weak credentials. We 
shall continue to do this, since it has 
proved to be a reasonably satisfactory 

In deciding to use the new scholarship 
examinations we are not abandoning our 
use of the June examinations as a basis for 
scholarship award. It is our plan to offer 
to each scholarship applicant this year the 
choice between the April examinations and 
the June examinations. It is necessary to 
retain our use of the June examinations for 
the present year because some applicants 
have planned their current schedule of 
studies with this in view, and some scholar- 
ship applicants will take tests in remote 
centers, such as Kuling, China, where the 
April examinations will not bo offered. 
By using both types of examinations the 
Scholarship Committee will have an inter- 
esting basis for comparing the two 

Already there is evidence of eager in- 
terest in the new scholarship examinations 
on the part of applicants and schools. In 
fact, the plan has been cordially received 
by all with whom we have had correspon- 
dence. The Begistrar's Office will be glad 
to send full information about the com- 
petitive scholarships and the scholarship 
examinations to interested alumnae and to 
others whom the alumnae may refer to 
Sweet Briar. 

A Request for Co-operation 

1 o the Editor of the Alumnae News of Sweet Briar College: 

Madam: In preparing the Life of President Emeritus M. Cary Thomas, I 
am gathering as much material as possible from her correspondence and from 
the recollections of those who knew her either personally or officially. I should 
be most grateful if any readers of the Magazine would communicate to me 
reminiscences of Miss Thomas or would send me letters or copies of letters or 
any other material of interest concerning her. Any original letters that may be 
sent me I will carefully return. 

Edith Finch, 1922. 

New Place, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 


Sweet Briar College 

March, 1937 

The Sweet Briar College Club of New York 

By Susan Jelley, President 

1 here HAS been a Sweet Briar Alum- 
nae Club in New York practically since the 
first class was graduated in 1910. Even in 
those early years the members had enthu- 
siastic and ambitious plans. In April, 
1913, the New York Club edited "Sweet 
Briar Topics," the first pamphlet of the 
Association of Former Students of Sw r eet 
Briar College. In looking through this in- 
teresting document we find under New 
York the following paragraph: "The New 
York Chapter has met frequently in the 
past four years in the homes of the girls 
and at the Plaza and Hotel Marie Antoi- 
nette. We hope soon to have a permanent 
home for the convenience and enjoyment of 
our suburban members and all Association 
girls when visiting New York." The pam- 
phlet contained thirty-two pages with the 
following Table of Contents: "Foreword, 
Organized Chapters, Miss Benedict's Mes- 
sage, Student Government, Athletics, Dra- 
matics, Y. W. C. A. Notes, Changes in the 
Faculty, Entire List of Former Students." 
Under the Foreword we find that the plan 
was to have each Club have a two year turn 
at editing "Sweet Briar Topics." 

The formative years were long and hard, 
sometimes with great strides taken and 
sometimes, with hard pushing, only a little 
ground gained. Always a few girls have 
stood by the Club, worked, and finally ac- 
complished their purpose. Bridge parties, 
luncheons, theatre benefits, and various 
other ways of raising money have been 

At one time the Club included Long 
Island, Westchester, Southern Connecticut, 
Manhattan, Northern New Jersey, and 
Trenton. Several years ago Trenton and 
Northern New Jersey decided to form their 
own Clubs and did so with great success. 
Today we have over two hundred and fifty 
members. A very dignified constitution is 
strictly adhered to and stands in its original 
form except for two amendments: the 
change of the name of the Club from Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Club of Greater New York 
to the Sweet Briar College Club, and the 

change of the date of election of officers 
from October to May. 

Until a few years ago the Club held 
meetings about four times a year with 
special emphasis on the meeting on Sweet 
Briar Day. This meeting afforded an op- 
portunity for girls from the college to at- 
tend and give to the members intimate 
glimpses of the campus. Now the Club 
meets from October until June on the first 
Tuesday in the month in the ballroom of 
the Women's University Club. At each 
meeting there is a noted speaker and an 
open discussion follows. We have been 
fortunate this year in having Mr. Edward 
Stanley from the Associated Press, Dr. 
Marguerita Ribble, '13, a well-known psy- 
chiatrist, Mr. C. A. Pierce, Editor of the 
General Literature Department of Har- 
court, Brace, and Company, Mr. Dennoyer 
from the League of Nations Association, 
and Mr. Norris Hanglitan, who won a Gug- 
g nheim Fellowship and is the author of 
"Moscow Rehearsals." 

As the Club has grown, our responsi- 
bilities have increased and we have taken 
our place proportionately with other Col- 
lege Clubs. There have been meetings of 
the presidents of these Clubs at which in- 
dividual problems have been discussed and 
helpful suggestions have been made. This 
year we have cooperated with other Clubs 
and the A. A. U. W. in an effort to estab- 
lish an advisory council for college women. 
This council helps to solve problems of col- 
lege women such as securing a position, 
finding a place to live, or purely social and 
personal problems. 

This year we decided to offer our services 
to the college in a very practical way. This 
purpose meant a real responsibility for us, 
but we knew we were equal to it. Late this 
fall we presented our idea to Miss Glass, 
and through her cooperation we were able 
to form a class, or really a study group, to 
fit ourselves to represent Sweet Briar at the 
"College Days" held by many secondary 
schools. We were overwhelmed with the 
interest displayed by the members of the 
Club and the way they worked. Liza Gui- 
gon, '29, Dorothea Loebman, '35, Mary B. 

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Alumnae News 


Wilson Walker, '24, Jerry Johnston, '35, 
Geneva Grossman. '35, Suzanne Gay, ex- '32, 
Hetty W'ells Finn, '33, and I met for long- 
sessions twice a week lor three weeks. The 
college supplied us with extensive outlines, 
catalogues, and other literature; and with 
the help of this information we have really 
become well informed on Sweet Briar's 
academic standing, methods of admission, 
competitive scholarship, different types of 
schools and school curriculum, the daily 
life at Sw : eet Briar and opportunities for 
self help. We were surprised, as others of 
the alumnae might be, to discover how little 
accurate and thorough information we had 
about our own college. Mrs. Lill was sent 
by the college to attend our last session, to 
answer our questions, and to give us an 
examination. Having passed our examina- 
tion, with flying colors like good Sweet 

Briar students, the title of Alumna Repre- 
sentative on Admission was conferred on 
us. Alread) the college has begun to use 
u> and we hope to be increasing!) helpful. 
We have been sent to schools to talk to 
girls registered at Sweel Briar, but desiring 
further information, and to girls who are 
interested, but have not yet made up their 
minds. We hope to hold these classes each 
year for our members who wish to have a 
closer contact with city educational 
methods and particularly with Sweet 

While our group ranges in years from 
1910 to the present year it is delightful to 
find that the same interest can and does 
bind us. At our meetings the common 
bond is there and we almost feel that we 
are once again on campus. 

News Flashes From Other Alumnae Clubs 

Amherst club held a very successful 
benefit bridge party on February 2 at Mrs. 

The Baltimore Club has an extensive 
program for the year with monthly meet- 
ings planned in advance. Their program 
for the remainder of the year includes a 
noted sociologist, Judge Waxter, an interior 
decorator, a landscape gardener, and a 
speaker on international relations. The 
subject of their January meeting was 
"Marionettes as a Hobby." Last month 
Miss Dawson, associate director of Public 
Welfare of Baltimore, spoke on "Develop- 
ment of Public Welfare Work." 

Our Denver Club has instigated the plan 
of mother and daughter meetings. This 
Club is also working on an idea for Sweet 
Briar matches which will be presented to 
you at commencement for your approval 
and purchase. 

Philadelphia will have a mother and 
daughter tea on March 24, at which time 
they will also have prospective students 
and their mothers. Janet Bogue, '37, will 
speak on "Campus Life." 

Our Roanoke Club is undertaking a very 
special feature this year. They will present 
the Sweet Briar Dance Group in Roanoke 
on April 9. 

The Sweet Briar Club holds regular 
monthly meetings and this spring has 
launched on a program of instructing the 
present students in traditions and history 
of the college. 

On February 9 the Tidewater Club pre- 
sented Mrs. Tunstall in a review of "Gone 
With the Wind." The success of this un- 
dertaking may well be realized, as people 
were turned away from the doors because 
of a complete sale of seats. 

Club flashes will be continued in the 
June Alumnae News. 

16 Sweet Briar College March, 1937 

Of Books No End 

Under the Direction of the Educational Committee of the Sweet Briar Branch 
of the American Association of University Women 

1 he following recent books on religion have been selected by Marion J. Benedict, 
Head of the Department of Religion. 

Baillie, John A Diary of Private Prayer, N. Y., Scribners, 1936. 

A challenging and searching manual of personal self-examination and prayer, 
arranged for morning and evening of thirty-one days, with the left-hand pages 
left blank for individual use. 

Bell, W. Crosby // a Man Die, N. Y., Scribners, 1934. 

One of the most thorough, thoughtful, and inspiring presentations of the 
Christian faith in immortality that have appeared in recent years. 

Bennett, John C. Social Salvation, N. Y., Scribners, 1935. 

A thought-provoking study of the relation of Christian thought to the present 
problems of society. 

Braden, Charles S.,ed. Varieties of American Religion, Chicago, Willett, Clark, 1936. 

A symposium on the meaning of religion, by representatives of seventeen 
distinct types of thought. 

Brown, William Adams The Church: Catholic and Protestant, N. Y., Scribners, 1935. 

A sympathetic and enlightening "study of differences that matter." 

Calhoun, Robert Lowry God and the Common Life, N. Y., Scribners, 1935. 

A discussion of the relation between religion and everyday life, with emphasis 
on the integration of work and worship under actual conditions in this 
"machine age." 

Gray, A. Herbert Finding God, N. Y., Long and Smith. 

A simple and clarifying discussion of the variety of ways through which dif- 
ferent individuals find God. 

Harkness, Georgia Conflicts in Religious Thought, N. Y., Holt, 1929. 

An analysis of many points of view regarding belief in God, the nature of 
personality, the problem of suffering and of evil, prayer, and immortality. 

Lyman, Eugene W. The Meaning and Truth of Religion, N. Y., Scribners, 1933. 

The greatest work of one of America's most intelligible and constructive 
teachers of the philosophy of religion. 

Lyman, Mary Ely The Christian Epic, N. Y., Scribners, 1936. 

A vivid portrayal of the New Testament writings in their chronological order, 
affording a fresh understanding of the personalities and situations that produce 
them and a vital appreciation of their literary and religious power. 

March, 1937 

Alumnae News 


1936 ' 




Visiting Ministers 


9 President Meta Glass, Sweet Briar, Virginia 

16 The Reverend Carleton Barnwell, D.D., Lynchburg, Virginia 

23 The Reverend Donald H. Stewart, Chapel Hill. North Carolina 
1 The Reverend Stanley Brown-Serman, Alexandria, Virginia 
8 The Reverend Henry Hitt Crane, D.D., Scranton. Pennsylvania 

15 The Reverend Thomas L. Harris. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

5 The Reverend Condon C. Tyler, D.D., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

12 The Reverend Wallace E. Rollins, D.D., Alexandria, Virginia 

19 The Reverend Alexander MacColl, D.D., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

26 The Reverend J. Blanton Belk, D.D., Richmond, Virginia 

3 The Reverend Alexander C. Zabriskie, Alexandria, Virginia 

10 The Reverend Henry Pitney Van Dusen, D.D., New York City 

17 The Reverend Luke White, D.D., Montclair, New Jersey 

24 The Reverend W. Aiken Smart, D.D., Emory University, Georgia 
31 The Reverend Edwin M. Slocombe, D.D., Lynchburg, Virginia 

7 Baccalaureate Sermon: The Reverend William Henry Boddy, D.D., 

Westminster Presbyterian Church 
Minneapolis, Minnesota 

20 The Reverend Hornell Hart, D.D., Hartford, Connecticut 

27 The Reverend Kelsey Regen, Covington, Kentucky 

4 The Reverend Bernard Iddings Bell, S.T.D., Diocese of Rhode Island, 

Providence, Rhode Island 

11 The Reverend Cecil Derivan, Ridgewood, New Jersey 

18 The Reverend Julian Lake, Warrenton, Virginia 

25 The Reverend W. Aiken Smart, D.D., Emory University, Georgia 
November 1 The Reverend C. Sturges Ball, S.T.D., Alexandria, Virginia 

8 The Reverend Moses R. Lovell, D.D., Holyoke, Massachusetts 
15 The Reverend J. Callaway Robertson, Lynchburg, Virginia 
22 The Reverend Archibald Black, D.D., Montclair, New Jersey 
29 The Reverend Harold E. B. Speight, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 

6 The Reverend Alexander C. Zabriskie, Alexandria, Virginia 

13 Christmas Carol Service 

10 The Reverend Albert B. Cohoe, D.D., Montclair, New Jersey 

17 The Reverend Richard H. Lee, Lynchburg, Virginia 

24 The Reverend Daniel J. Fleming, D.D., New York City 






Sweet Briar College 

March, 1937 

May Day, 1937 

May First 

Miss Mary Elsie Gruber of Washington, 
D. C, has been elected May Queen. The 
three Honor girls elected to serve with her 
are Elinor Ward of Cleveland, Ohio, maid 
of honor; Marjorie Silvester of New York 
City, scepter bearer; and Anne Lauman of 
Portsmouth. New Hampshire, garland 
bearer. The Queen and her Honor girls 
have chosen, for the May Court, the fol- 
lowing seniors, Gurley Carter, Hammond, 
Louisiana; Margaret Cornwell, University- 
City, Missouri; Susan Matthews, New Or- 
leans, Louisiana; Nancy Nalle, Charlotte, 
North Carolina: Eddina Newby, Denison, 
Texas; Helen Rae, West Newton, Massa- 
chusetts: (Catherine Shaffer, Cass, West 
Virginia: Elizabeth Sicard, Barneveld, New 
York; Ellen Lee Snodgrass, Washington, 
D. C.,: and Helen Williamson, Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania; juniors, Imogene Brock, 

Richmond, Virginia: Barbara Derr, Day- 
lona Beach, Florida; Barbara Fish, Valken- 
burg, New York; Janet Macfarlan, Ridge- 
wood, New Jersey; Vesta Murray, Colum- 
bia, South Carolina; Anne Old, Brooklyn, 
New York; Jessie Silvers, Cranbury, New 
Jersey; Betty Meade Smartt, Chattanooga, 
Tennessee; Elinor Wilson, Lynchburg, Vir- 
ginia; and Pauline Womack, Corsicana, 
Texas; sophomores, Elizabeth Barge, At- 
lanta, Georgia; Henrietta Collier, Atlanta, 
Georgia; Elizabeth Durham, Richmond, 
Virginia; Viola James, Charlotte, North 
Carolina; Yvonne Leggett, Scarsdale, New 
York; Mary Mackintosh, Bronxville, New 
York; Jane Parker, Harrison, New York: 
and Mary Treaclway, Bristol, Connecticut. 
The Queen's page will be Anna Redfern, 
Norfolk, Virginia. 

Class Personals 


Evelyn Molly Bradshaw spent several days on 
campus the last of February. Her daughter, Jean, 
is in the freshman class. Evelyn plans to spend 
the summer touring England. 


Class Secretary, Frances Murreix Rickards 
(Mrs. Everingham), North Shore Point, Norfolk, 

Annie Cumnock Miller, Nan Powell Hodges, 
Marjorie Couper Prince were at my house Janu- 
ary 16th to see Eugenia Griffin Burnett who was 
down from Richmond for the week-end. If Louise 
Ewell had been here 1910 would have had a 100 
per cent reunion. But Louise is studying at the 
William and Maiy School of Social Service in 
Richmond. Over the tea-cups we chatted of every- 
thing from the opening of Sweet Briar in 1906 to 
conditions within the Soviet Republic in 1937. 

Class Secretary, Josephine Murray Joslin 
(Mrs. J. "Whitman, Jr.), 200 "West Madison Ave- 
nue, Johnstown, New York. 


Class Secretary, Loulie Wilson, 514 West 114th 
Street, New York City. 

Class Secretary, Mary Pinkerton Kerr (Mrs. 
James), Box 1092, University, Virginia. 


Class Secretary, Ruth Maurice Gorrell (Mrs. 
E. S. ), 360 East Westminster Road, Lake Forest, 
Dear Friends and Roman Citizens — (and also the 

Lady from Pesth — or is it Buda ? ) 

I herewith offer public apology to Laura Port- 
mann, who preceded me as your Corresponding 
Secretary. During her term of office, I felt (as who 
does not about them as-is-in office?) that more 
could be done in the way of widening the reports. 
Now I know it can't. There ain't no reports, and 
blood from a turnip is something yet to be ex- 

For a long year, you have heard nothing from 
me and I have heard nothing from you. 

How about an exchange of letters for the June 
issue? The simple recital of my days means 
nothing to you, but the simple recital of yours 
will make the column much more interesting. 

All I know is that "Henry"' Washburn came 
through Lake Forest in June and called on me 
and I was not at home. She came again in the 
fall and did not call on me, and the next day I 

March, 1937 

Alumnae News 


met her signature on a Traveler"* check in the 
Junior League Book Shop. Now I coukl tell 
you something about Eugenia Buffington — or Har- 
riet Evans — or Rachel Forebush. I could even 
throw in a few words anent Ann Torian, Mary 
Cuperton. or Marcia Morris ( which last three 
ladies, probably look upon us as three jumps 
away from the Grave.) 

I could mention the number of horses which 
have popped me off on my ear or the ones which 
have not off-popped — my child. I could give you 
all the lowdown on a sixth birthday party — with 
eighteen small boys and a magician. (I am 
neither the magician, nor six, merely a mother I. 
But. none of this is news. 

What is news, however, and bad news, for 
Fourteen — both sheepskinned and otherwise, is 
how far we lag behind, as a class, in supporting 
the Fund. 

Eight of use wore mortar boards — more or less 
becoming. Three I including three life members I 
have contributed this year. 

Forty-one of us are listed as one-time class mem- 
bers — four of them have contributed. 

Not so good — especially as these same contribu- 
tors, with one exception, have come to bat every 

'G. Watts, Secretary to Mrs. Breckenridge," 
asked me to "please make every effort to have 
your column full of interesting chit-chat." 

No chit-chat unless you write it to me — and 
more important still — no contributions unless you 
let the grocer and also the credit go for a month 
and squeeze out a check for Sweet Briar. 
\ours truly '14, 

R. M. G. 

Class Secre an: Harriet Evans Wyckoff (Mrs. 
C. Bernard). 21.51 California Street, N. W., Wash- 
ington, D. C. 
Dear 1915: 

My threat of a questionnaire came to naught. 
"'The doctor knows best" and put me through an 
operation in July, which still has me down. The 
threat still hangs over you. Meantime, please 
note my change of address. 

Margaret Grant Schneider spent several months 
this fall and winter travelling in Europe for the 
Twentieth Century Fund, investigating social leg- 
islation in Germany. Austria, France, the Scandi- 
navian countries, and England. She was called 
home by the death of her mother. Besides all her 
other activities she is almost ready with her 
thesis. So we will soon have a Ph.D., in our 

Frances Pennypacker writes she also was in the 
clutches of a surgeon in October but has made a 
speedy and complete recovery. Here's hoping no 
one else has any operations to speak of. 

Matilde Booth Weems. (ex '15) has a most 
charming young daughter. Betty, at Miss 
Madiera's School near Washington. I saw her at 
one of the Episcopal High School's football games 
looking very attractive and surrounded with ad- 
miring young men. 

If I send you a postal card asking for news 
please reply speedily and voluminously. 

Harriet Evans Wykoff. 


Class Secretary. Felecia Pattu.n, Beechmoor, 
Catlettsburg, Kentucky. 

Class Secre an; Rachel Lloyd Holton (Mrs. 
Hoyt), 2318 Densmore Drive, Toledo, Ohio. 


Class Secretary, Margaret McVey, 1417 Grove 
Avenue, Richmond. Virginia. 

Edith Forbush is writing and illustrating nature 
stories in a magazine for children called "Chil- 
dren's Actitviies" published in Chicago by the 
Child Training Association. 


Class Secretary, Caroline Sharpe Sanders 
(Mrs. Marion), 585 Union Street, Wytheville, 

Dear 1919: 

A letter from Vivienne quite convinced me that 
Potentates of the Alumnae Association had gather- 
ed in solemn conclave and mournfully decided to 
list our Class with the Missing Persons Bureau. 
Before replying to her request that I dig up the 
corpus delecti or else produce evidence to show 
that 1919 still existed, I took a 1-o-n-g look back- 
ward and decided that in our college days a nui- 
sance we certainly were frequently — but missing 
— never. So I sent out a few S. 0. S. calls and 
was cheered immeasurably when I gleaned even a 
grain of news. Fact is, I have been starved for 
news of you all, and I suspect that perhaps some 
of the rest of you feel the same way. If so, wont 
you lend me a hand in getting together some news 
about yourselves, within the next few weeks? 
Send a post card with a few vital sta' : stics, if 
nothing more. Failing such assistance I might 
have to draw on my imagination — a dismaying 
thought to everyone, I feel sure. 

An ex-1919'er is probably my nearest class 
neighbor — Ellen Bodley who lives in Abingdon, 
Virginia, fifty some miles away. Her husband is 
of the clan of Stuart and a lawyer by profession. 
In addition two fine young sons, a dog and a 
horse or two are the outstanding factors in Ellen's 
life. Sometimes she sees Louise Hammond Skin- 
ner and her husband at Bar Association meetings, 
if I remember correctly. 

Last September when in Boston, I happened to 
see Corinne Loney Benson, Class of 1920 one day 
while I was shopping. Helen Anderson Henkels — 
one of the Andy twins — lives in Wellesley Hills 
and I saw her and her three very cute children. 
One gives promise of being a Human Fly and kept 
me breathless with his determined efforts to scale 
ever greater heights. "Excelsior" is the motto I 

One December day brought a letter from Eliza- 
beth Eggleston. She lives in Hampden Sydney, 
Virginia. It would be delightful to follow her sug- 
gestion that I "come up for a visit in the spring," 
and have the fun of seeing a Sweet Briarite. vin- 
tage of 1919, once more. She says "a good letter 
now and then from Dr. Harley; an occasional let- 
ter from Amey (Smythe) : cards from Nancy Cole 
Worthington and a card or pop-in-visit from 


Sweet Briar College 

March, 1937 

Dorothy Wallace"' have been her main contacts 
with Sweet Briar. 

Do you remember Miss Elizabeth Johnson, who 
taught physics our Junior year? She is now Mrs. 
Sneed and has recently come to Wytheville to live. 
She has two little girls and when I telephoned 
her last night she said they were just signing off 
after a siege of chicken pox. So the world wags 
for most of us with offspring. 

The answer to a Matron's prayer for news came 
so promptly a few days ago, that I cannot thank 
the writer adequately. It was written on paper 
headed '"State of West Virginia, Executive Man- 
sion, Charleston" and was signed "Isabel — no 
longer 'Little Wood.' " Her wish to "hear more 
about our class from time to time" will I hope 
move some of you to gratify this desire. Isabel's 
letter was so interesting that I wish it could be 
printed in full. She feels that her husband, as 
Governor of West Virginia has a big job ahead 
of him for the next four years ; and I imagine that 
the responsibilities of her own official position are 
not light. Best wishes to you, Isabel, and to the 
Governor and your two children. 

To my question about flood conditions Isabel 
said that at Charleston the Kanawha River did not 
rise above its banks. "With my husband I visited 
Huntington one week before the river reached its 
crest there, and so did not see the worst of the 
suffering. At that time only a very busy town 
uniting all of its forces to feed and clothe those 
already evacuated, and anticipating a great in- 
crease in demands for rescue. Charleston received 
3,000 or more refugees that week from Hunting- 
ton and they were here a week or more housed 
and fed in various places — many schools." Isa- 
bel stressed the dangers and tragic conditions 
following the recession of the flood. Sandy's (my 
husband's) interest in the letter equalled my own, 
because Governor Holt used to be "Rocky Holt" 
at Washington and Lee, Class of 1918 I believe, 
and Sandy was 1917. 

My understanding with Vivienne was that I 
would pinch-hit until such time as she could get 
one of you with a greater flair of journalism to 
go to bat. Therefore, if no one volunteers any in- 
formation and my letters bring forth no replies, I 
shall retire hastily and let you all become the 
Forgotten Women of the Alumnae Association. 
Caroline Sharpe Sanders. 

Class Secretary, Dorothy Wallace, Gimle Hall, 
Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland. 


Class Secretary, Maynette Rozelle Stephen- 
son (Mrs. James A.), 1220 Hillcrest Road, South 
Bend, Indiana. 
Dear '21: 

Ruth Lundholm, ex '21, is studying at the Har- 
vard School of Public Health and will be there 
until next June. She writes, "it is both hard and 
strange being in the class room again, but I like 
it very much." 

Dotty Job Robinson, who went farther from 
"the Briar" than any of us, living in England, 
writes that her mother and sister spent last 

summer with her. She is happy to see her college 
friends and suggests that anyone going abroad 
notify her. (Address upon request). 

Your secretary has recently returned from a 
belated Santa Claus trip to Sun Valley, Idaho. 
The "blurbs" advertising that fantastic spot are 
really true. We ski-ed daily, costumed as you 
might expect below, and a shirt-waist above. The 
snow was four feet deep and we all sun-tanned 
like July. We swam in the outdoor pool and 
broke icicles off the diving board. All of which 
is not Sweet Briar news, but if you won't write 
me what you are doing, you must read about 

Maynette Rozelle Stephenson. 

Class Secretary, Burd Dickson Stevenson 
(Mrs. Frederick J.), 608 Maple Lane, Shields, 


Class Secretary, Lavern McGee Olney (Mrs. 
Alfred C, Jr.), 425 C Avenue, Coronado, Cali- 

Well, being ahead of time with cards did not 
bring forth many, nor copious, answers; but I 
did get a few more. 

Marie Klooz was in New York all summer, and 
says she has been trying a "Brain Slimming" as a 
means of regaining that youthful look — such as 
working part time for the New York Branch of the 
League of Nations Association, a fascinating 
course in International Law. under a foremost au- 
thority, Professor Arnold McNair of Cambridge 
University, who was a visiting professor this sum- 
mer. Incidentally, she received an "A" in it. 
These being over, she did publicity and speaking 
for the Women's Division of the Democratic State 
Committee, also going down to the Convention in 
Philadelphia. She assisted Nancy Foster Allen, 
ex '23, who was librarian at Bryn Mawr, and lived 
in Wayne. Nancy is now librarian at Temple, and 
frequently drives up to Allentown, usually seeing 
Helen Richards, who has Nancy's old job. Helen 
is quite an art student in her leisure moments, 
specializing in pastels, and has done some credit- 
able portraits. She shares a studio with a friend 
— she is planning to write a children's book. 
All this from Marie, who has undertaken much — 
more politics, basic factors, international law, 
political history, international organization, and 
mortgage banking, toward a belated Master's. 
I think you will more than have your hands full, 
Marie. She says she could tell lots more, about Miss 
Lewis, Amey Smyth and Mary Kellogg, but 
thought she had written enough already. I wish 
more of you would get half as inspired about 

The Bassetts (Gertrude Geer), had a most event- 
ful trip. They left Detroit on December 26 for a 
trip to California. Both she and her husband had to 
be taken from the train in an ambulance at Albu- 
querque, New Mexico, with flu, and had to re- 
main in the hospital there for a week. Was in 
Coronado for a half hour, but could not get near 
a telephone to call anyone — oh, yes! Then on to 
Lajolla, which she adored, and to Pasedena. 
While there, she had tea in the home of Gene 
Lockhard, who is in the movies, and whom Ger- 
trude met on the way to Europe sometime ago. 

March, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Also, she went to the Metro-Goldwyn Studio. 
Finally she returned home via San Francisco. 

Louisa Newkirk Steble sent me her new address 
—8008 Crefeldt Street, Chestnut Hill, Philadel- 
phia. She said a kitchen in the basement wasn't a 
big help with a young baby, so they sacrificed at- 
mosphere for practicality. Her home on Towando 
Street really did have atmosphere — I was in it, 
and it was simply lovely, not alone the house, but 
Louisa's beautiful things. She hopes to motor to 
Natchez to see the gardens if the flood doesn't 
take them all." They could hardly do that, Louisa, 
as Natchez is high up on a bluff. The gardens will 
be more than worthwhile for so long a trip. 

Lorna Weber Dowling has some exciting news. 
Phil Payne Scott has just been married to Mr. 
T. M. Gothright. Jr., address, Rosedale, Coving- 
ton, Virginia. Best wishes, Phil. 

Helen Zielsdorf is now Mrs. Hugo J. Buescher, 
3833 N. Oakland Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Louise Frank is now Mrs. Charles C. Rowland, 
514 S. 58 Street, Omaha, Nebraska. 

Lots of brides. The greatest happiness to them all 

Byrd Fiery Boman, ex : 24. of Westport, Conn., 
is visiting her brother in Cleveland. Her little 
girl, five, is a darling. 

Isabel Webb Luff, '20, went to Washington to 
attend the Council Meeting last week. 

Many thanks, Lorna, for getting the Daisy Doll 
for me. LaVerne was fascinated when Signora 
came up from the bottom (so was my colored 
cook) . 

I have had a nice note from Peg Turner, "20, say- 
ing she was doing eight hours of Red Cross work 
a day — you see some parts of California got "the 
flood," too. 

Alice Rogers Enochs, ex '26. from Laurel, Miss., 
writes tbat things were about the same there. 

Mildred Featherstone, ex '23, is busy looking 
after a college cousin who is spending the winter 
with her, and said that Miss Beatrice Wain- 
wright, former faculty member, w r as at the Sweet 
Briar Luncheon in Los Angeles. 

Mignon McKay Guymon, is moving to Quantico, 
^ a., in June, where her husband. Major Guymon, 
will be stationed for a year. 

Not many of you in '23 ever knew Isabelle Dent- 
ing Ellis, who was in our class in the Academy. 
She and I grew" up together in New Orleans, and 
she married Bob Ellis, who is a civil engineer, 
hence she is usually one of our foreign correspon- 
dents. They live in Carthegena, Columbia. South 
America, and have two sons. I guess Bob has 
Sabbatical Leave, or something like that, as they 
came up in August, by the Grace Line, spent two 
month in North Carolina, then on to Knoxville, 
Tenn., where her mother now lives. She had 
lunch, on Sweet Briar Day, there, with Lilian 
Spillman Howard and Helen Zeuch Forster, who 
live there. They went to Asheville, in early Dec- 
ember, for a few weeks, where Bob's father and 
mother came up from Cuba to be with them. 
While there, Isabelle ran into Marie Matthews 
Lee, in the Junior League Shop, and after that 
their two young sons had great fun going to kin- 
dergarten together, and saying "my mother went 
to school with your mother." The Ellises went 
back to Knoxville for Christmas, down to New Or- 


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leans for five days, Knoxville again, and on to 
Charlottesville, from whence she wrote. Isabelle 
said she had been to Sweet Briar that very day. 
and that it was lovelier than ever. From there 
they are going on to Wilmington, Delaware, and 
New York, to sail home via Haiti and Jamaica, 
on the Columbian Line. They did all this travel- 
ing by motor, and had a glorious leave. 

Thanks to the ones who answered, and praying 
for some more next time. 

Your Secretary, LaVern McGee Olney. 

Class Secretary, Elizabeth Pape Mercur (Mrs. 
Frederick), 455 High Street, Bethlehem, Pennsyl- 
vania. 1925 

Class Secretary, Jane Becker Clippincer (Mrs. 
John C). 4021 LaCrosse Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Dear '25's : , 

After a long silence comes a voice from the 
past! Margaret Hogue Pfantz writes, and are 
we all glad to hear from her! Her letter seemed 
half apologetic that she had no thrilling adven- 
tures to narrate, but when one is maternal parent 
to two boys, ages ten and six, and a two-year-old 
young lady, it seems to me there must be excite- 
ment a-plenty. 

I know that all of Mary Nadine Pope Phillip's 
friends will be distressed to know that she lost 
her father in November. Popie has moved to 
Philadelphia and her address is Green Hill Farms, 
Overbrook. Philadelphia. 


Sweet Briar College 

March, 1937 

Cincinnati was fortunate in having the ''Chil- 
dren's Hour"' just before Christmas and all the 
Sweet Briarite's bosoms swelled with pride to 
claim Kay Emery, who was perfectly grand in her 
role, and the same dear Kay out of it. She had 
seen lots of Sweet Briar girls on her wanderings, 
but news of '25's erstwhile belles seemed sadly 

I am assuming that the rest of you didn't write 
because you thought that your mail wouldn t 
reach me because of the flood! (How's that for 
a generous secretary?) As a matter of fact, we 
are just beginning to get back to normal in this 
part of the world — and for the first time in several 
weeks can again drink unboiled water. After 
days of trying to get clean with cold cream, seeing 
your children as dirty as street urchins, and sitting 
grouped around our handsome "Alladin Lamp' 
at night like "The Old Homestead," we feel back 
again in the lap of luxury to have an abundance of 
water and electricity. It has certainly taught us 
to cast a much more appreciative eye on commodi- 
ties we have always taken too much for granted. 
For the next issue let's hope that you won't have 
a flood for an excuse, and I shall hope for many, 
many letters. 

Affectionately yours, 

Jane Becker Clippinger. 

P. S. Such a grand newsy letter has just ar- 
rived from Martha McHenry Halter from Switzer- 
land, where she has been living for several years. 
Martha says that she looks forward so to the 
coming of the Alumnae Magazine and always 
looks hopefully for news about 1925 — usually to 
be disappointed — so how about all giving Martha 
a big surprise sometime soon! I shall quote her 
letter to you for it was so interesting that I want 
to share all of it with you. 

"My husband is a textile manufacturer and we 
live rather in the country. There's nothing in our 
small village except the factory, our house, and 
the houses for the people who work in the factory. 
However, this section of Switzerland is thickly 
settled so we are not far from larger towns and 
only fifty minutes from Zurich which is a modern 
and progressive city and beautifully situated on 
the Lake of Zurich. There is probably no town of 
its size with such beautiful natural surroundings. 
There is an active American Women's Club i 
Zurich of which I am a member, and although I 
do not attend the meetings as often as I should 
like, I do enjoy those contacts, and find that it 
forces, always, two points of view. I like the 
Swiss people and their manner of living, but the 
Swiss women are educated entirely differently 
from the American women, and it is very helpful 
to me to have the association of both. 

"Here life is centered almost entirely in the 
home, and the girls are trained accordingly. There 
is no such thing as a women's college, but they 
go to schools where they learn household manage- 
ment, nursing, sewing, or infant care, or all of 
that together, and almost everyone speaks three 
languages fluently, sometimes four or five. Now 
the girls are beginning to go more and more to 
the universities. Perhaps that means there will 

be fewer good cooks in Switzerland. They are all 
pastmasters at the art, and it gives a zest to their 
entertaining which they do beautifully. 

"Ours is rather a quiet life in Gruneck. We 
spend much of the time out of doors — walking, 
horseback riding, playing tennis, or swimming in 
the summer. We are very near the Lake of Con- 
stance which makes it nice for water sports. And, 
Jane, we have a vegetable garden — delight of de- 
lights! There is no thrill or satisfaction like dis- 
covering the first asparagus in April, and no meth- 
od of character development more exacting than 
waiting patiently for the strawberries to ripen. 
I never ate such strawberries as there are here. 
They are better than at home because we have so 
much more rain — but I'm sorry I brought up the 
subject of the Swiss climate — even if there are 
luscious strawberries to compensate. In the win- 
ter, here in our section, it is miserable — its either 
foggy or cloudy or rainy the whole winter — occas- 
ionally we have some snow. Consequently every- 
body wants to go to the mountains in the winter 
for the sunshine as much as for the skiing. The 
Alps in winter are indescribable — perhaps its be- 
cause I lived in the South all my life, and saw- 
snow only every ten years — but, whatever it is, 
the mountains are to me far more beautiful in the 
spring and winter than in the summer. I wish I 
could picture to you one of the winter sport 
places (there are dozens of them although in 
America we hear only of St. Moritz) and make 
you feel that spirit of wholesome play and fun 
which pervades everything and eveiybody to the 
exclusion of ordinary cares and worries. Some- 
how on the tops of high mountains one seems to 
be able to shed the artificialities of life as well as 
the troubles, and one is only conscious of the 
essence and joy of living. 

"We have one little boy — soon three and a half 
years old. Our first child — also- a boy — we lost 
when we had been living almost two years in 

"How nice if we could all meet at Sweet Briar 
sometime and see what has happened to every- 
body in these years. Returning is one of my fond- 
est day dreams, but I am afraid there have been 
so many changes that everything will seem strange 
to me. And how about a nice walk to Amherst 
and fried chicken at Mrs. Wills? I'm about to 
get sentimental now and next will be wishing for 
a return to my youth — so I must stop. Always 
sincerely and fondly yours with all good wishes." 
"Martha McHenry Halter. 


Class Secretary, Margaret Malone McCleji- 
ents (Mrs. James B., Jr.), 5640 Aylesboro Ave- 
nue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

From the great absence of answers to the cards 
I forgot to send out, it would seem that nothing 
very spectacular has happened to us since Christ- 
mas. The "lost" list in the last magazine should 
have had you all sleuthing around. We've found 
Katherine Bruce Rogers and Janice MacPherson 
so far. Katherine's address is 1741 Bolsoner Road, 
Houston, Texas. Janice lives in France with her 
mother and travels most of the time. Her perman- 

ent address is Guaranty Trust Co., 4 Place de la 
Concorde, Paris. 

Gertrude Collins is Mrs. Eric Salnan. She lives 
at 187 Rue de Courcelles, Paris. 

Another European resident is Cornelia Wailes 
Wailes. She and Tommy moved bag and baggage 
in December and the address is \merican Em- 
bassy, Brussels, Belgium. This is our first op- 
portunity to send post cards to an Embassy, or 
would a post card be too informal, do you suppose? 
With the class emigration assuming such gigantic 
proportions it might be simpler to have our next 
reunion abroad. 

Dorothy Lipscomb Lee's name was put by mis- 
take with the lost addresses. Most of you know 
that Dottie died more than four years ago after a 
serious operation. 

Kay Norris Kelley has another little girl, her 
third if you've lost count. 

Now let me see. Billy \ an Cott Borg has two 
sons and still plays tennis whenever possible. 
She lives in Oyster Bay, Long Island. 


Gudrun Eskesen Chase has a son four years 
old. They have just moved into a home they 
built at 621 Shadowlawn Drive, Westfield, New 

Marie Prange is attending the New York School 
of Fine Applied Arts. Also studying this winter 
is Jane Cunningham. Her address is Box 778, 
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She is 
doing graduate work there. It's nice to know 
that some of us are doing something except being 
good Christian housewives. 

Edna Lee Wood is doing field work for the 
Katherine Gibbs School in New York. Her new- 
address is 405 East 54th Street. 

Irma Pritchard Wethersby lives in Memphis and 
has two children. 

Betty Holtzman Sellman has been on a South 
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Mrs. Thomas McCoy, nee Bachman, has moved 
from Box 132 to Box 770, Asheville. That puzzles 

Sis MacGregor and Katherine Tracy were at 
the Pittsburgh Christmas luncheon after an ab- 
sence of many years. It was so nice to see them 
and I could hardly eat for looking at Sis. She is 
a beanpole. 

Ellen Newell Bryan has a little girl who was 
three on December 15th. That's neat secretary 
work, isn't it — keeping track of all the children's 
birthdays? Ellen's husband is a newspaper man. 

Peggy Denman Wilson has another son, William 
Henry Wilson, bom in November. In spite of 
the new baby we had a reunion in a small way in 
a small restaurant in New York in January. The 
others involved were Virginia Lee Taylor Tinker, 
Peg Reinhold, and Wanda Jensch Harris. Edna 
Lee and Kitty Blount were supposed to be there 
but after one glimpse of me they both ran to their 
beds and said they had the flu. But the rest of us 
had a nice time and I wish to report that all afore- 
mentioned looked very slim and elegant and have 
not deterioriated since our girlhood days. 

I don't suppose it would be giving away any 
big government secret to tell you that Peggy 
Douglass's husband. Rhea Whitley, is head G-man 
in New York City. Don't you feel safe now that 
we're related to a G-man? 

Please send in some news of yourselves before 
June and may the Bunny bring each of you a 
pretty Easter basket. 

Margaret Malone McClements. 


Class Secretary, Pauline Payne, 233 Kevin 
Place. Toledo, Ohio. 

Frances Sample sailed from Seattle on January 
12th on a world cruise. She will visit Tokyo, 
Hong Kong, Cairo, Rome, Venice, Switzerland, 
Germany Glasgow, and London, returning to New 
York in the latter part of May on the Normandy. 

Nar Warren Taylor is teaching Geography and 
History at the Cathedral School of St. Mary's in 
Garden City, New York. 


Class Secretary, Katherine Davis McIlrath 
(Mrs. W. H.), 408 South First Street, Council 
Bluffs, Iowa. 

Alice Webb announced her engagement on Dec- 
ember 28 to Tracy S. Nesbitt of Vienna, Maryland. 
Alice, who is a faculty member of the Fort High 
School, Cumberland, Maryland was formerly a 
member of the faculty of the Oldfields School, 
Glencoe, Maryland. 

Evelyn Claybrook was married on October 3, 
1936 to Gordon Lee Bowie. 

Constance Furman announced her engagement 
to John Joseph Westbrook on January 10th. The 
wedding will take place in the spring. Mr. West- 
brook is connected with the Capital Automobile 
Company in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Bess Lowrance was married to Mr. Robert W. 
Hill on December 26, 1936. 


Class Secretary, Anna Torian, 1802 North 
Talbott Avenue. Indianapolis, Indiana. 

March, 1937 

Alumnae News 


I have two big "scoops" for you this time. And 
I hope that the reading of them will inspire you 
backsliders to greater things for this column to 

I am sorry that you could not each have had 
the thrill that I did of receiving a very business- 
like letter upon the imposing letter head of 
LTD., from our own Elizabeth Lankford Miles. 
Libba is president of the corporation and, as she 
puts it, "complete with office and stenographer." 
They are dealers in the state of Delaware for 
American Houses. Inc., of New York City, build- 
ers of the newest and most likely type of prefab- 
ricated house. (I'll send you a bill for the adver- 
tising under a separate cover, Libba) . A sample 
house has been built and exhibited in Wilming- 
ton. Apparently it was quite popular with the 
inhabitants as I found, among the clippings sent 
me by Libba, an announcemet that on Sundays 
children under 16 would not be allowed admission 
to the home. Hats off to the President of Ameri- 
can Motohomes! 

My other announcement of importance concerns 
the rise to fame of one "Funnie" Edmands Thoma. 
She, of course, does not technically belong to 
'29, but in a case like this I am sure you will a]] 
agree with me that we are justified in making a 
rush to claim her. Mrs. Thoma is now writing a 
column on beauty culture for her paper, the Illi- 
nois State Register. The column is called "Let's 
Be Lovely" and carries the by line, Elaine. Why 
not Elsie, Evaline? 

Louise Wooton, a long-lost member of clan, has 
finally been run to earth in Decatur, Alabama. 
She is now Mrs. W. R. Orr and the proud mama 
of a six year old child. 

Cary Harman is now Mrs. John Edwin Biggs 
of New York City. 

Mary Marshall has changed her name to Mrs. 
William Crumly Franklin and her address is 
Leaksville, N. C. 

And I would like to make one last plea for the 
Alumnae Fund. Gert Prior has worked very hard 
and done an excellent job with the Fund. The 
least we can do is to stand back of her and give 
her our loyal support. So loosen up, you tight- 
wads and send in your contribution to the Alum- 
nae Fund. 

As ever, 

Nan Tori a ^-. 


Class Secretary, Mary Macdonald Reynolds 
(Mrs. Jasper), Newell Apartments, Chattanooga, 

(Now that I am a settled woman this column 
will discard its tone of youthful abandon and will 
hereafter be a model of dignity and decorum I. 

Flattered was I to receive so many requests to 
enlarge on the announcement contained in the 
December number, and to give some idea of the 
gentleman who had the temerity to marry me. 
Now, if there is anything I enjoy more than talk- 
ing about myself it is talking about my husband, 
but he is a surgeon and I must guard against the 
danger of advertising. Confidentallv, however. 

he is a Yankee and has a moustache and thinks 
Sweet Briar is about the most beautiful place on 
earth. You can see how well-matched we are 
even though I am a Southerner and have no mous- 
tache. We were married November 28 in what 
would have been a quiet way but for the presence 
of some of Chattanooga's rowdier Sweet Briar 
graduates, and are now living in an apartment 
and hope you will all come to see us. We are 
very hospitable and never refuse anybody a drink 
of water or a piece of cold bread. 

Floored was I one Sunday morning in Decem- 
ber to see, loping down the church aisle, Sweet 
Briar's swank, suave, svelte Dr. Connor. The 
commotion caused among the good Presbyterians 
by this Byronic apparition was reminiscent of his 
first appearance at Sweet Briar. All heads turned, 
a gasp went through the congregation, and sev- 
eral ladies had to be carried out. Our hero was 
on his way to Florida in his elegant-looking trail- 
er. I had the pleasure of meeting his very charm- 
ing mother and he assured me that he would re- 
turn to Chattanooga at Spring vacation. At this 
time all of us old Shakespearians and literary 
critics will gather at the feet of the maestro as in 
the dear dead days beyond recall. 

Willie Rankin wrote a very interesting letter 
about Jean Saunders" riding school, but I can't 
seem to catch on to whether it is a boarding school 
for horses or for people. As near as I can make 
out, both horses and girls can acquire an edu- 
cation there, the education, of course, being pureh 
equine. It is on a farm and is marvelously equip- 
ped with electricity and hot and cold running 
water for both girls and beasts. Willie said it 
looked like a grand thing to her and was appar- 
ently so considered by many people, as the school 
has grown steadily and is a great success. Every- 
body will be interested to know that Nicodemus 
is still living. At the end of her letter Willie 
casually mentioned that she is the secretary to 
MacKinlay Kantor, the novelist, who wrote, among 
other things "Aroused and Beware." She was 
taking off for Florida and was going to spend the 
winter at Sarasota. Nice work. When next you 
read a Kantor novel, you may have the satisfac- 
tion of knowing that the manuscript was typed 
by a classmate. 

Lindsay is getting downright reckless with her 
pen. She has written to me twice in four months, 
which is almost incessantly for her. Her last let- 
ter told of a visit from Ruth (how that girl does 
get around) and enclosed a picture of Benson. 
Benson is a darling child and looks rather like 
Lindsay, only Benson has a gleam of intelligence 
in her eye. 

Jo's new house is finished and she has moved 
in but I have lost her address. Will try to find 
it by June. At long last. I have heard from Stur- 
ges, but as she said nothing about what she was 
doing, her communication will do the readers of 
this column no good. Except that she is still in 
Greenwich, we know no more about her than ever, 
but I shall work on her for the next issue. So 
watch for it. 



Sweet Briar College 

March, 1937 


Class Secretary, Martha von Briese.n, 4436 
North Stowell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
My Fine Friends: 

From here and there, out of the Sweet Briar 
News, from Christmas card notes, and from several 
other sources I have gathered together a few bits 
of personal information which concerns some of 
you and interests all of us (I hope. I However 
that may be, here's what I have for you: 

Jean Ploehn announced her engagement on 
January 31 to Mr. Edward Kaufmann, Jr., of Dav- 
enport. Wedding bells will ring for them some- 
time this spring, they plan, and they will make 
their home in Davenport. I had the pleasure of 
meeting Ed last summer, I might add, and quite 
approved of my room-mate's choice! 

Jo Gibbs told me that she expected to announce 
her engagement to Mr. Joseph G. Du Bois some- 
time in January, and since then I have heard ru- 
mors that she has already been married. I can 
neither affirm nor deny them, but Jo was apparently 
very happy over the romantic news when she wrote 
to me. The spinster ranks are slowly but surely 
thinning out. Westcott, you and I must look to 
our laurels. 

Some of the ex '31ers have been helping to raise 
the matrimonial score too. Anne Fischer (Fischie, 
of course) has been Mrs. Charles Richard Abry 
since January 16. Their marriage took place in 
the chapel of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian 
Church, New York, and they are living at 405 
East 54th St., New York. Sara Foster (Jonesie) 
was in the wedding party. 

Katherine Taylor became the bride of Lt. (j.g-) 
Allen Bond Adams, Jr., U. S. N., on February 9, 
presumably at Montclair. Tee Kelly Mason was 
maid of honor, according to one of my informants, 
and others report that Kay was much partied be- 
fore the great event. 

Frances Quail, another ex, announced her en- 
gagement to Mr. William Frederick Eaton of De- 
troit, on January 17. Meade Laird, of Richmond, 
was married to Mr. Willis Shackleford on August 
1, I am a bit late in reporting. 

Now for the younger generation. Phoebe Rowe 
Peters' second son, Douglas, was born in Roches- 
ter on September 26, and Fanny O'Brian Hettrick 
is the proud mama of a second son also. Fanny's 
youngest, named Ames Bartlett Hettrick, Jr., was 
born in Lynchburg on January 27, and Split Clark, 
who saw him through the window in the hospital, 
says he's very cute. Polly Swift Calhoun wrote 
to me sometime last fall to tell me that her daugh- 
ter, Susan Gordon, arrived on June 30, chubby, 
jolly, and very satisfactory. Square dancing hit 
Cornwall with a vengeance, Polly said, and they 
were having so much fun dancing square dances. 
To date that fad hasn't reached these benighted 

Remember Martha Henderson who was in our 
class a year or two? She is now Mrs. Hubert 
Goings, and according to the Junior League Maga- 
zine, she conducts an art school of her own in 
Birmingham. She has gained distinction for her 
watercolors. There's something for all of us to 
point to with pride! 

Jean Countryman worked at Marshall Field's 
in Chicago for several weeks before Chrismas, and 
hoped to find something else after the holidays, 
but I have had no further word from her. Ginny 
Cooke writes of attending a football game at 
Ithaca with her fiance, a Cornell alumnus, last 
fall; of the Sweet Briar dance given by the Cleve- 
land club before the holidays, at which she felt a 
total stranger: and of seeing Kay Emery '28 in 
Children's Hour. By the way, I picked up a book 
the other day called "I Live in Virginia" by some- 
body Meade, and was interested and amused by 
several pages devoted to Sweet Briar, with special 
mention of the Founders' Day play, '"Little Old 
New York,"' the year we were freshmen, with Kay 
in the leading role. 

Split Clark has been helping the Red Cross 
gather funds and clothing for the flood victims, 
and she's still looking for a paying job. 

As for me, I go on being busy, with now and 
then a little trip to add interest. My German 
cousin, who has been visiting us since September, 
and I joined a couple of other gals for four days 
of winter sports in Fish Creek, Wis., late in 
January. We haven't had any snow here at all 
this winter, so we had to go north to find enough 
for skiing, and we had all kinds of fun doing it. 
Falling down is fun, but getting up is a task, 
I found. I had my first cutter ride in ages, too, 
and that was great fun, breaking the road 
through fresh snow between rows of snow-tipped 
evergreens. Try it some time, if you don't believe 

That seems to be all for this time. If I send 
out postals again, will you respond? I wonder. 
... I think I'll just embezzle the funds and go 
to an afternoon movie. Schluss! 


Class Secretary, Dorothy Smith Berkley 
(Mrs. Edmund), Box 1273. University, Virginia. 
Dear Class of '32: 

Doesn't it seem strange to think that in about 
three months' time, we will be in the midst of our 
fifth reunion? It will be such fun if a really good 
percentage of the class is back at the Patch, so 
do try and plan now to come. From the many 
wonderful responses to my letters begging for 
news, it seems that at least you haven't forgotten 
Sweet Briar altogether, even if your secre'ary has 
been most negligent. I want to thank you one 
and all . . . it has been so jolly hearing from you 

Bobbie Bennett and Frances Sencindiver Stew- 
art went to New York together last fall, where 
they had a grand old reunion with "Trudy'" Buist 
Robert. "Bobbie" was supposed to be maid of 
honor in Kathleen Casey's wedding in November, 
but was unable to get there, because her aunt was 
ill. However, she did get to Dallas to be maid of 
honor in Jessie Fisher's wedding, which she said 
was the prettiest wedding that she had ever seen. 

Virginia Bellamy Ruffin and her husband went 
to New York for a visit in October, and saw 
"Flappy," who happened to be there at the same 

March, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Henrietta Bryan is living in Charlottesville now 
and working as secretary to Dr. Funsten a] (he 
University Hospital. 

"Trudy" Buist Robert and her husband are 
planning to move to Arizona soon "Trudy" is 
coming home to Greenville for a month before 
leaving for the west. 

Sue Burnett Davis and her husband were in 
Montreal last summer and saw Marjorie Miller 
Close and her husband. Sue and Tread spent 
Labor Day week-end with Marion Malm Fowler 
and her husband at Parris Island, South Carolina. 

"Lib" Doughtie and her mother are living at 
the Weylin in New York. 

Alice Dabney Parker was matron of honor in 
Helen Bean*s wedding, February 20. She and 
Johnny spent the summer, motoring through Eng- 
land, with a short trip to Paris. 

"Gussie" Gilbert Davey has a young daughter, 
born March 22, 1936, in Salt Lake City. The 
Davey 's spent the summer at Lake George with 
"GussieY" family, who went out to Utah for the 
Christmas holidays. She and her husband hope 
to go east next Christmas but are keen to travel 
around a bit in the west this summer. '"Gussie"' 
says that they have a lovely home and a maid, so 
"despite the baby," they still find time to ski 
all winter. 

Jessie Fisher was married to Mr. Benjamin 
Waters Zimmerman Gordon at eight o'clock on the 
evening of December 21st, 1936. 

Eleanor Franke must still be in New York for 
"Flappy" talked to her on the phone when she 
was there in October, but there seems to be no 
other news of her. 

Virginia Squibb Flynn reports the visit of Sue 
Burnett Davis and her husband this past summer, 
hut sends no news of herself. 

Sarah Forsyth's engagement has been an- 
nounced to Mr. Lamed Randolph of Esmont, Vir- 
ginia. Their wedding date has not yet been set. 

"Janey" Hays Dowler and her husband are 
living in Columbia, South Carolina and seem to 
be much impressed by southern hospitality. 
Janey's letter was so amusing, that I'm taking the 
liberty of quoting a bit of it. . . . "'Our impres- 
sions after a little over a year here are best set 
down in a s'accato sort of Hemingway style: This 
mainstay they eat, called grits — a sort of hominy 
— like eating Cream of Wheat three times a day — 
curb service for all kinds of things from sand- 
wiches to coal — all places have a stock phrase 
"Hurry back," instead of '"Thank you, call again," 
and they don't mean hurry especially — when the 
rain stops and they expect good weather, it is 
"fairingoff" — when they spank a child, they "wear 
him out" — '". . . Janey and Dick take short week- 
end excursions to Beaufort, Savannah, etc. 

Peasrv Hall is still in Washington, where 
"Flappy" visited her, and had more or less of a 
reunion with Mildred Larimer and Barbara 

Elizabeth Job was in New York this past sum- 
mer attending summer school at Columbia Uni- 

Irene Kellogg stayed with us in Richmond for 
a night this summer, on her way to Virginia Beach 
and to see Alice Dabney Parker. She still is 
working for Dr. Ruffin in Washington. She came 
home for a short time at Christmas. 


You will be near the Capitol, the 
Library of Congress, Folger Shake- 
speare Library and Supreme Court. 
Within easy distance of Theatre and 
Shopping Districts. 

Located Within the Shadow of the 
Capitol's Dome 

Single Rooms . . . $2 to $5 

Double Rooms . . . $4 to $8 

Including Full Hotel Service 

Without Tips 


N. Capitol and E Streets, N. W. 
Washington, D. C. 

An Abbott Hotel 

Write for booklet "How to Spend a Day or 

Week in Washington' 


Sweet Briar College 

March, 1937 

Emily Maxwell Littlepage and her husband 
moved to Westfield, New Jersey last April and 
the latter commutes every day to New York. They 
have a year old daughter, Carol, born January 19, 
with blond curly hair! "Flappv" reports that she 
is perfectly adorable. '"Maxwell"' ran into "Tiny" 
Marshall Timberlake and her husband in Best 
and Co. She says, "Of course we were admiring 
little girls" dresses when we recognized each 

Marjorie Miller Close is busy planning a mag- 
nificent garden for their summer place in the 
Laurentians. She has been very active this winter, 
as treasurer of the Junior League, as well as with 

Stuart Groner Moreno and her husband are 
again in the west. "Tuie" spent most of 1936, in 
hospitals from all 1 can gather. She was in New 
York this past summer, where Nancy Tucker saw 
her just after she had been operated on. She was 
ill again when they went out west a little later, 
but seems to be quite all right now. She and 
Jack have taken an apartment at Long Beach. 
California, which sounds charming. To top every- 
thing else, "Tuie" says that "Santa Claus left a 
nice, fat, juicy case of mumps on my doorstep, 
Christmas Eve, and have I been cursing!" 

Betsy Higgins is in Europe, but am very hazy 
about any details. 

The class of '32 wishes to extend its most sin- 
cere sympathy to Anne McRae, whose mother 
has just died. 

Charlotte Magoffin has been back in Deerwood 
since just before Christmas. She says that she 
and her mother may go out to Coronado, Calfor- 
nia during February. 

Betty Allen Magruder has been helping with 
some technical research at the University Obser- 
vatory. She counts stars, or something to that 
effect, or rather she tries to find some that have 
moved within the memory of man. She and my 
sister-in-law are now in New York together . . 
they went for a week, but haven't been heard 
from since. Betty Allen of course went armed 
with ice-skates, whether for protection or not, 
she didn"t say. She has also been teaching ath- 
letics at St. Anne's school. 

Marion Malm Fowler and her husband left 
Atlanta last April, when Mac entered the "Dental 
Corps of the regular Navy." They are stationed 
at Parris Island, South Carolina. Gail Patricia 
Fowler was born November 24, and is a blonde, 
but may turn out to be a redhead. At present,' 
the Fowlers plan to stay at Parris Island until 
next winter when Mac will probably be ordered 
to the U. S. base now under construction at New- 
port News. They are hoping to have a month's 
leave, so that they will be able to drive to Cleve- 
land and try out their new Packard. 

Eleanor Mattingly Littlepage expects to re- 
ceive her M.D. this June, but doesn't know yet 
where she will be interning. Of course she hopes 
it will be in Norfolk where her husband is prac- 

Barbara Munter has been spending the winter 
in Honolulu with her grandmother. She has been 
doing volunteer work at the hospital twice a week 

and has just completed her course and expects to 
qualify as a "Gray Lady." She exp :cts to be 
back this spring, or at the latest in June. 

"Nellie" Nightingale Gleason is studying piano 
again and has joined the Fortnightly Musical 
Club. She plans to play in a recital soon. The 
Gleasons are going out to Tucson, if the floods 
permit, and plan to stay with Virginia Pruit 
Tully and her husband for a bit. "Pruit's" hus- 
band is editor of the Roswell paper and they have 
a child two years old. "Nellie" is vice-president 
of the SBC Alumnae in Cleveland, and is planning 
to come to the reunion in June. 

"Flappy" Pancake spent a week in New York 
in October and visited "Maxwell" and Peggy Hall, 
as I have said before. She says that Kay LeBlond 
Farquhar ('33) is living in Waynesboro and now 
has a young son. 

Ruth Remon Wenzel has been having a glorious 
time in Juneau, Alaska, according to her mother. 
She and her husband planned to leave there for 
Washington the fifteenth of January, with about 
two weeks stay in California, arriving here about 
the fifteenth of February. George works for the 
Treasury Department and they were married in 
Seattle. "Nellie" said that Ruth's apartment was 
in a landslide but Ruth was unhurt "because she 
very smartly wasn't home." 

Frances Sencindiver Stewart spent a week in 
New York in January. 

Rumors are that Sally Shallenberger Brown has 
been to Vienna to see her family. 

Hazel Stamps Collins and her husband have 
built a house. 

Virginia Hall Van Lindley is reported to have 
taken a trip to California last fall. 

Pat Ward has been married and her husband. 
George H. Cross, Jr , is working at DuPont's in 
Wilmington. Their address is 822 Adams Street. 
Wilmington, Delaware. Pat is planning to come 
to our reunion in June. 

Jane White Burton is staying at the Coronado 
Hotel in St. Louis, but have not heard from her 

Nancy Tucker Wilson had quite a siege with 
her eyes this past fall, but they are quite all right 
now, although she has had to forego a great deal 
of her work on the Virginia Quarterly. 

Edmund and I have returned to Charlottesville 
again and have a farm about eight miles outside 
the city limits, where we plan to start a kennel 
for raising cocker spaniels. At present we have 
two very lovable ones, Sue and Poo and hope to 
have two litters of youngsters the first week of 
April. We hope that the kennel will be successful 
as there are so few in the South. 

Many thanks again for your grand letters and 
hoping to see every one of you in June. 

Dot Smith Berkley. 

Marcia Patterson is teaching at the Roberts 
Beach School in Catonsville, Maryland. 

Sarah Phillips announced her engagement to 
Peter Crenshaw, Jr., on January 3, 1937. The 
wedding will take place on the first of April. 

A daughter, Margaret Ann, was born to Helen 
Goodwin LeFever on New Year's morning. 

March, 1937 

An mnae News 


Eleanor Peschau Syedman married Jerome Bay- 
aril Clark, Jr., in Fayetteville, North Carolin u on 
October 21, 1936. 


Class Secretary, M\RjORit: BURFORD, 723 Pine 
Street, Texarkana, Texas. 
Dear '33s: 

Even in February I can still remember the 
pleasures of Christmas since at that time a few 
of you were kind lo the needy and sent to your 
troubled correspondent very much appreciated 
Christmas cards, hearing on them at least a few 
fragments of helpful news. Marge Gubelman 
writes that she, her mother, and Hallie spent the 
holidays with an aunt in Gainesville, Florida. 
From there she went back to Arizona for a visit 
with Hallie, then to Los Angeles for a few days 
with Maggie Austin, whose address is 3029 East 
Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. California. From there 
Marge sailed on January 16th for Honolulu where 
she will continue to work in the occupational the- 
rapy department of the hospital where she took a 
course last year. Her address is Hotel Niumalu, 
Honolulu, f. H. 

And speaking of Honolulu, the place must have 
a definite attraction for '33"s, as well it might. 
Elizabeth Giesen is also there. After getting her 
masters at Michigan in 1934 she worked on her 
Ph.D. until last April when she accepted a posi- 
tion, beginning in June, as secretary in the Bishop 
Museum in Honolulu. She writes that at last, she 
hopes to do a little visual education work. 

Jean Van Home, another of the lucky members 
of our class who manages to see the world, sailed 
January 30th for nineteen days in the West Indies. 
The last news I had reported that Anne Marvin 
planned to sail the 19th of February for Trinidad 
where she will remain until about April. 

Nevil Crute's family is now living at the Lamar 
Hotel in Houston, Texas but Nevil has not made 
up her mind to brave the wilds. (Shame on you, 
Nevil! It really isn't so bad). She is still in 
Asheville, N. C, living with Louise Rogers (ex 
r 34), where she is technician at Noburn Hospital. 

And more of our members have jobs. Kitty 
Howze is persona' shopper in a department store 
in Dulu'h. Ted Clary Treadwell does secretarial 
work at the National Youth Administration in 
Washington. Sara Houston is working with The 
Purse Company, an advertising and printing com- 
pany in Chattanooga. Leila Van L°er is with 
Hochschild. Kohn and Company in Baltimore. It 
seems her job requires her to make frequent trips 
to New York. 

Fran Powell Zoppa, God bless her, honored me 
with a very newsy letter. She spent Christmas in 
New York with her husband's peop'e And. such 
ambition! She is taking Current Events at Pan- 
dolph-Macon and Interior Decoration at the Fed- 
eral Airs School. She says Jo Rucker Powell has 
a most attractive apartment and that Jo works 
part time in her father's office. 

Enna Frances Brown was in New York before 
Christmas. She, Mary Kate Patton Bromfieid, 
who was home to recuperate from a sudden ap- 

pendectomy, .ind who has since moved to Vlbany, 
N. Y., Elizabeth Moore, Elena Doty, Gerry Mal- 
lory, and Hetty Wells Finn had a fine bridge game, 
but somehow I cant help wondering how much 
bridge was played. 

Langhorne Watts Austin has moved to Boston 
where her husband will practice medicine. She 
has a darling baby, but I am sorry I can give you 
no more information about it. Speaking of babies, 
Barbara Munsen (Mrs. Ed Garfield! has a daugh- 
ter two and a half years old. 

I received a very clever letter from Micky Mur- 
doch wherein she told me of her approaching mar- 
riage to what sounds to be a most attractive young 
architect whom she describes as "tall, dark, and 
Irish." He is a graduate of Georgia Tech and 
studied at l'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Fontaine- 
bleau. The engagement was announced on Jan- 
uary 24th and the wedding is to be in the spring. 
The young man's name is Hugh McDonald Martin 
of Washington, D. C. 

Pat Atkinson seems to be doing many interest- 
ing things. She is attending the Wheelock School 
in Boston, a Teacher's Training School for Nurs- 
ery School, Kindergarten, and Primary Grades- 
She is trying to finish the three years in two (and 
is making a marvelous record along with it) and 
will complete the course in June, 1937. Also she 
is managing editor of The Key, the Wheelock Mag- 
azine Last summer she was head councillor of 
the boys in the Cambridge Tuberculosis and 
Health Association Camp in Cambridge. Her ad- 
dress is 128 Hemenway, Boston. 

Yours truly being a little tired of the confines 
of Texarkana betook herself to New York for 
about two weeks in January. It was much fun to 
see a few familiar Sweet Briar faces. Lois Foster 
told me she had announced her engagement Dec- 
ember 27th to Jimmie Moore. Also that Mabel 
Hickman was married January 28th. It was grand 
to be with Hetty and Gerry again. Hetty and I 
were amazed and delighted to run into Miss 
Rogers and Miss Mailer one afternoon on Broad- 
way. It seemed like old times. 

Yours until June, 

Mar. i. 

Margaret Wayland married Robert Edward 
Tayler on last October 10. They are living at the 
Altamont Apartments in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Lena Heath Jones announced her engagement 
to Thomas Moore Craig on February 14th. The 
wedding will take place in the spring. 

Emily Denton was married to Mr. Edward Don- 
ald Tunis of Boston, on February 6. 1937. Ada 
Den'on, "36, was her sister's only attendant. They 
will live in Cambridge. Massachusetts, 

Twin sons were born to Eleanor Hudgins Keith 
on November 4. 1936. She has named them Tay- 
lor Scott and Martin Langhorne. 

Elizabeth Dulaney Cassidy was married to Mr. 
John Martin Evans on December 31, 1936 in Boul- 
der, Colorado. 

Carolyn Wilson announced her engagement to 
Robert Hunt, a young lawyer in Chattanooga, on 
February 14th. Last winter Carolyn had a job in 
New York, but she is now with the Tennessee 
Electric Power Company. 


Sweet Briar College 

March, 1937 

Alice Martin is working in a lawyer's office and 
Mary E. is with demons Brothers, a furniture 

Susalee Belser Read has left for a trip to Cali- 

Margaret McReynolds St. Clair is now living in 
Washington and has a little girl' nearly two years 

Elizabeth Moore is studying for her Master's at 


Class Secretary, Marjorie Lasar Hurd (Mrs. 
E. R., Jr. 1 , 4965 McPherson Avenue, St. Louis, 

We are grieved that bereavement has come to 
the homes of three of our members. Almost para- 
lyzing was the news of the sudden death of Jean 
Myers in New Orleans on January 5th. It is hard 
for us to realize that one so prominent in our class 
and in college affairs is gone. We will miss her 
sadly, but we will remember that Jean experienced 
those days which are considered the happiest of a 
young person's life and will find consolation in 
this thought and in our treasured memories. The 
class of 1934 extends its deepest sympathies to her 
family and intimate friends. 

The Class also wishes to express their sympa- 
thies to Julia Daugherty Musser who lost her 
father on New Year's Day, and to Bonnie Wood 
whose mother also died on January first. 



Class Secretary, Sallie Flint, 1108 W. Armory 
Avenue, Champaign, Illinois. 
Dear Classmates: 

First, a vote of thanks to you for answering my 
piteous plea for contributions to this column; I 
appreciate the Christmas cards and letters very 
much. It means a lot to have you write in when 
any news items come your way; the valentines 
were particularly nice. You know this is getting 
on towards the end of the second year of this 
alum business; we've stuck together surprisingly 
well so far, don't you think? I've really enjoyed 
this job/ but I don't feel as if I had been very 
original or clever about it. Any suggestions as to 
form or content will be gratefully accepted; I 
have three more years to go, you know, so it will 
be to your own interest to point out possibilities 
to me before I "gits set in me ways!" 

This issue's items are all jumbled up in my 
mind, changes of address, weddings, news of 'exs, 
trips, etc. So I'm going to ramble on without 
much coherence or system and trust to luck you 
can make it out. After all, that's the way you 
would get the news if we could take our cigarettes 
to the Dell for a good old talk jamboree which is 
exactly what this is going to be — 

I suppose a lot of you know that Dina Jones 
was married to William Skilton in January. I 
think I announced her engagement in the Decem- 
ber issue. Mary Willis wrote that she was sailing 
for the Philippines on February 4th where she will 
visit in Corrigador. She says that Sophie Stephens 
was married to Edward Martin of Tarboro, N. C, 
Imbrie is now Mrs. Donald S. Frey and living in 

New Haven but I don't know where. This 
keeping track of addresses is hectic — please, 
please, please drop me a line when you move. 
Thanks for doing just that, Gen, and con- 
gratulations — to be less vague. Gen Crossman is 
living in New York with her family for the winter, 
355 Riverside Drive, and she announced her en- 
gagement to Edson Sweet Stevens of Scarsdale on 
October 17th at a bridge party where many Sweet 
Briarites were present. She gives us news of Grace 
Langeler. now Mrs. Vess Irvine, living in an apart- 
ment at 203 East 4th Street, Mount Vernon, N. Y. 
Gen wrote lots of news but advised me not to put 
her name to all of it so I'm going to go ahead as 
if it were all my own doings. I think the course. 
Dot, Jerry, and Gen took on admission require- 
ments must have been fun, they are now Alumnae 
Representatives on the Board of Admissions, if 
you please. Sounds impressive, girls, but we knew 
you WHEN you were curtsying like mad to seniors 
and reciting their names backwards! 

Did I make mention of Charles Curtze Vicary, 
born in October, Churckie for short? Our class 
babies are doing nicely; several people have writ- 
ten me about Walker's baby but all neglected to 
stipulate whether girl or boy. Three cheers, any- 
way, Walker. Sarah Turpin is studying costume 
designing at Maryland Institute in Baltimore — 
address is 5 Beerkdale Road — and writes she has 
a ""sketchy job sketching models." Ruth Bill man 
has a position at the Penn. State Capitol and seems 
to like it, especially the pay checks — did you ever 
frame the first one Ruth ? Helen Wolcott is work- 
ing in Washington for the Veteran's Administra- 
tion — couldn't get me into the Supreme Court, 
could you, Woody? Lida Read should get the 
tongue-tyed coocoo-clock for seeing more people 
than any any other one person. On her visit to 
Jerry in Scarsdale she saw Sweet Briarites for 
miles around. It would appear that Jerry is girl 
scouting — somehow, I can't quite see our Jerry 
tying knots or building fires in wet woods with 
half of a match but, then, I may be wrong! 

Pat Whitford is a receptionist in the office of 
Lydia O'Leary, Fifth Avenue, N. Y. Dot Loeb- 
man is studying piano at Juilliard. Cynthia Har- 
bison is studying music somewhere but nobody 
seems to know just where. This New York migra- 
tion would appear to be the thing just now — Dot 
Barnum is studying at the School for Secretaries 
and living at 51 Riverside Drive. Elizabeth Craw- 
ford is another N. Y. music student, exact location 
unknown. Mary and Sue are still inseparable — 
Sue rides six days a week and on Saturday nigh's 
goes to a polo game. Sue Howe is studying medi- 
cine at Cornell — her address is 405 E. 5th St., N. 
Y. Joyce Hobart is also reported to be in the 
city teaching First Grade in the New York Insti- 
tute for the Education of the Blind and hopes to 

Johnny Kimball writes that she is in the chil- 
dren's department of a bookstore but expects to 
go back to business school. She gives us news of 
Ginny Bobbitt who is secretary in a doctor's office 
and Natalie Strickland who has cut her hair. I 
couldn't make out whether Whipple announced 
her engagement or was married to Donald Clark 

March, 1937 

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on November 28th, but I'm passing it on as is. 
Ruth Gill is with the Children's Service Associa- 
tion in Milwaukee until June and then she returns 
to Smith to finish up her work by September. Tip 
Poole is working in a bank in Raleigh, N. C, as 
head of the Analysis Department. Nice work, 
Tip — do you find your study of the 18th Century 
French comedy of great help to you? I thought 
so? Judy Peterkin is tending to Girl Scouting, 
Junior League and Business School all at once. 

Quite a few of '35ers are on campus this year. 
Ginnie Gott is working in the library — Becky 
Young for Miss Beard until Christmas — Peggy 
Carry is working on a Wild Life Sanctuary 
(thought it was going to be farming, Peggy?) and 
living with Bonnie Wood at Whitehead's Cabin 
Hill. A Virginia winter sounds alright to me, 
especially as an Alumna. 

Your correspondent has gone quite collegiate 
and may be seen (or rather heard) yelling "Come 
on, Illinois" at all basketball games. I'm doing 
some practice teaching in French and — don't tell 
anyone — beginning — just beginning a Ph.D. 

I see that my time is up, too, so, until next 
June, the News and I will say to you 

Sallie Flint. 

Eleanor Woods Julian was married to Richard 
Ernest Cotton of Deland, Florida, on December 
29. Mrs. Dallas Rand, ex- '36 and Alice Estill, 
'34 were in the bridal party. 

Frances Salisbury Adams of Deerwood, Minne- 
sota and Tryon, North Carolina, has announced 
her engagement to Allen Jones Jervey, Jr., of 
Tryon, North Carolina. No date has been set for 
the wedding. 

Katherine Hillman James was married to Mr. 
John Moss Hall on February 20. 

Maggie Ross is working in the R. C. A. offices 
in New York City and keeping house with Emily 
Marsh, '34 and Dot Barnum, '35 at 51 Riverside 
Drive. Dot is finishing her course at the New 
York Secretarial School. 


Class Secretary, Alice Van Y. Benet, 808 Pick- 
ins Street, Columbia, South Carolina. 
Dear Class: 

The appeal for Valentines was only partially 
successful, and I am sorry that you who wrote 
will have to suffer for the negligence of those who 
didn't. Anyhow, a thousand thanks to you, and 
we'll let 1 you in on what the others wrote. 

Alma' Martin, having sworn that she would never 
go back to school, is swallowing her words and 
some heavy lectures on an all day schedule at 
Northwestern, where she's learning to be a kinder- 
garteness or whatever you call them. Anybody 
who wants to write her can do so at the National 
College of Education, 2532 Asbury Avenue, Evan- 
ston, 111. She writes it is rather fun, and that 
Chicago is standing the strain of her being there 
fairly well. Janet Forbush is still at Northwestern, 
and she and Alma have some courses together — 
small world, this! 

La Donohue is in the east, visiting Katie, and 
on her way down to Sweet Briar. She says she 

won't be able to come east for the reunion in June, 
so she and Jackie and Corinne and Katie con- 
ducted a private reunion at school the week-end of 
the 27th of February. I heard roundaboutly that 
Corinne's engagement has been announced — on 
December 31 to Mr. Braley Gray, of Old Town, 
Maine. La writes that she is being a scout leader 
of sorts — remember the night she scouted for the 
Chung Mungs? While she is east La will see 
Troy and Dodie along the way, and then she will 
go back to the west again. 

Two weddings this time, girls! We are coming 
up in the world gradually! One was, and the 
other will be "was" by the time you read this. 
The first, Mary Kate Crow was married to Mr. 
William Stanley Sinclair, Jr., on February 6th in 
Galveston. The second is a romance that flowered 
close to all of us though unbeknownst to most — 
Callie Furniss will be Mrs. Paul Wolfe by the 
time you read this, the ceremony taking place on 
March 2. Callie's sister, who is at school this 
year, will be maid of honor, and I know nothing 
further of the wedding plans. I knew Bermuda 
was a fine place, but I always wondered why Callie 
was so particularly fond of it! 

Chloe came down to this area for a week during 
December, and it was a joy to have her here. We 
partied and danced — it was one of our rare danc- 
ing weeks — and the town in general rushed 
around. She will be back for the Azalea Festival in 
Charleston late in March, and for all you know, 
when you read this, Frierson and I may be yacht- 
ing about the Charleston harbor on the Standard 
Oil yacht, owing to the fact that a friend of ours 
knows a man who knows a man who has access 
to it. Two to one I get seasick! Chloe has been 
doing the secretarial routine, and hoping the flood 
won't backfire or whatever floods do up into the 
Nashville area. Fuzzy and Jane went home to see 
Chloe after Swanee dances — aren't we well pre- 
served? — and stayed about a week. Speaking of 
dances, I was a chaperone here about three weeks 
ago, and my pride took an awful beating when I, 
evading the chaperone stuff as much as possible, 
got called ma'am by half the new people I danced 
with! Alack aday, and woe, alas! Otherwise, 
the trials of my position do not weigh me down 
very much — some one actually took me for only 
thirty just last week! 

Willietta, like a voice out of nowhere after a 
silence of since last July, informs us a little bash- 
fully that she's dabbling in such things as Gov- 
ernment and Economics, the same gradually lead- 
ing to an M.A. in Journalism at Columbia. She 
sees Spiller occasionally, and met Mary Moore in 
the book store the other day. Maggie McRae 
has gone up for some sort of course at Columbia, 
and Willie sees her often. In addition to the 
Columbia work, Willie is taking shorthand and 
typing at night school. A trip to Florida in Dec- 
ember and January kept her away from Sweet 
Briar Day. She also tells me that Gen Crossman, 
'35, is planning to be married sometime either 
this spring or in the fall. 

Ginny Rutty is in Florida at Delray Beach, 
where she will stay until April. And the slot- 
machines and dog-races have led her off the 


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March, 1937 

straight and narrow! On the way to Florida she 
ran into Aggie Young for a minute, and says she'd 
like to know how Mrs. Winfree is getting along, 
having heard naught of her lately. Phoebe is in 
Bermuda, doing what she doesn*t know, or staying 
how long, she doesn't know either. And Dody 
Risk! Ginny says she's grander than ever, and 
has just gotten over being queen of an Orange 
Blossom Centennial — scepter, crown, and all the 
trimmings! Then, loo, she asked if the rumor 
that Alva Root Bound has gone to South America 
with Charlie is true. Stumpy wrote, Ginny, that 
Alva .was in New York with her mother who has 
been quite ill — nervous breakdown, I think, but 
other than that, I have no news of Alva. Stump 
wrote that she's still doing the children's job, and 
seeing a lot of Turny, Pinkie, and Nancy Parsons. 
I was due to go to New York this past week-end, 
and had looked forward to seeing Ada and all the 
rest of them, but things came about that prevented 
my going then or any time very soon. Alma 
wouldn't admit it, but Stump writes that the peo- 
ple at the kindergarten school think she has a 
fine voice, and want her to have it trained! As I 
look over Stump's letter, I see that she said Alva 
is back from a trip to Venezuela and the West 
Indies. And Stump says watch for Pinkerton on 
a government bond ad, complete with husband and 
daughter and a matronly expression! And it 
seems that Billy Dew is still pursuing the Brooklyn 
Bridge. Capel went up to see Muggie and on her 
way back, stopped off with Scudder in Philadel- 
phia. Muggie and G. A., after waiting all winter, 
have at last had their winter-sport week-end at 
Lake Placid. Libby Hartridge has had flu pretty 
badly, so Stump had little news of her. Sidney 
Miller was in New York recently after having 
visited Fran Baker in Charlottesville. And Miss 
Braswell is off again — this time a short one to the 
West Indies, to be followed by a dash of three 
weeks Florida! By the way, the man with all 
the aeroplanes up and married a stewardess on 
the line, Nance! That kind of got me on the 
chin, seeing as I'd never seen him a single time. 

Troy is studying a little art now, having decided 
that she's not secretarially minded, and says all 
she's really doing is having fun here and there. 
Peg Campbell has moved down the street a little 
way — 1811 Bums Avenue instead of 2020 or some- 
thing. And she went to a winter carnival at Petos- 
key, right much of a distance from Detroit, I 
gather. She is still being a technician to be. 

Abigail continues at Columbia, and has seen 
some operas during the season. She says she has 
run into Willietta and Maggie McCrae at Columbia 
once in a while, but that aside from that she sees 
almost no one. 

Maiy Hesson weathered the first set of exam 
papers all right, and she says that a third marriage 
this time is Ruth Gilliam's to Earl Viar on January 
1. I knew nothing of that, nor where they are. 

Pinkerton writes that she went down to Virginia 
for Midwinters — seven years of it, Pinkie? — with 
Mr. Seccombe, who, it seems, will be a good min- 
ister one day before long. Pink says they've 
bought a trailer at her house, and that her fond 

parents are fixing to mount it and abandon their 
offspring. She claims that she and Stump will 
purloin it come the springtime, and commence a 
tour, Chloe being the only preferred hostess so far. 
Whereupon I chivalrously, and in the humane in- 
terest for the mule which will pull the trailer, 
extend my hospitality, in the hope that others of 
you will follow our example for the sake of the 
mule! Now, Pinkerton is doing secretarial school, 
and working in Powers' Advertising Agency from 
four until nine — eliminates the beer sessions, 
doesn't it? 

Mary Virginia Camp writes that she's been but- 
terflying around the country, but that she finally 
got snagged when her family put off for the West 
Indies and left her to run the house. I agree with 
you, lady ; having a house running you isn't much 
fun, particularly when it isn't your own house at 
that ! Chickie says she keep on working hard, and 
that telephone conversations are about as far as 
she gets with keeping track of people. 

Katie writes that she continues her study of 
sculping and art, and that all looks well in the 
neighborhood of Boston, auspices good, and omens 
favorable. Upon which I make no comment! 

You will all be grieved, I know, to hear that we 
have lost one member of the group that came to 
Sweet Briar under the name of the Class of 1936. 
Adelaide Connelly, ex-"36, died sometime in Dec- 
ember. To her family we as a class send our re- 
spects, remembering Adelaide as a grand person 
though she was in the class only one year. 

I am sorry not to have any further items for 
you this time, but the stock has run low, and I 
can't make up things! Please let me hear from 
you often, and I shall undertake to carry on from 
where I leave off this time. Begin to think about 
coming back to school in June! 


Frances Meeks has a job with an interior deco- 
rator, Gustav Weber, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
Her address is 2109 Blaisdale Street. 

Alice Laubach is doing laboratory work and 
correcting chemistry papers at the University in 

The engagement of Dorothy Ruth Busch to Ed- 
ward Parsons Bagg, III, of Holyoke, Massacuhsetts, 
was announced on December 20. The w r edding 
will be in the spring. 

Mary Virginia Wilson was married on Thanks- 
giving night to Mr. Robert Winsor Richardson. 
Martha Ake was one of the bridesmaids. 

Mary Agnes Young made her debut at the May- 
flower in Washington on Saturday, December 5, 
1936. This winter she plans to continue the study 
of French and Spanish at a local school. 

Fiora Donati completed her work at the Kather- 
ine Gibbs School in New York City last June and 
accepted a position in the Foreign Language Field 
Service of New York. 

June Stein has announced her engagement to 
James G. McKillen, Jr. 

Peggy Duringer was married to Mr. Heard 
Floore on December 26. 1936. They will be at 
home after January 4th in Austin, Texas. 



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Volume VI 

JUNE, 1937 

Number 4 

Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridce, '18, Editor 


Dr. Ernest Hocking Speaks at Commencement . . 3 

A Philosophical Approach 5 

In Appreciation 15 

Report of the Alumnae Secretary, 1936-1937 . . 16 

Alumnae Fund Report 1936-1937 19 

Report of the Director of Alumnae Clubs 

for 1936-1937 20 

Annual Meeting of the Sweet Briar Alumnae 

Association June, 1937 21 

Announcements 22 

Glimpses of Commencement, June, 1937 23 

Alumnae Returninc for Commencement .... 24 

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 25 

Honors Awarded at Commencement, June 8, 1937 . 25 

Graduates of the Class of 1937 26 

Class Personals 28 


Mrs. Herman Wells Coxe 
(Elmyra Pennypacker, '20) 

3107 Queen Lane 
Germantown, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. Arthur B. Kline 

(Catherine Cordes, *21) 

4421 Schenley Farms Terrace 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Jeanette Boone, '27 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Geraldine Mallory, '33 

169 East Clinton Avenue 

Tenafly. New Jersey 

Mrs. George F. Tinker 

(Virginia Lee Taylor, '26) 

49 Madison Avenue 

Montclair, New Jersey 

Margaret McVey, '18 
(Honorary Member) 
1417 Grove Avenue 
Richmond, Virginia 

Director oj Alumnae Clubs 

Mrs. Jasper A. Reynolds 
(Mary Macdonald, '30) 

Newell Apartments 
Chattanooga, Tennessee 

the sweet briar alumnae 

Alumnae Member of the 

Board of Directors 
Mrs. Charles Burnett 

(Eugenia Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Members of the 

Board of Overseers 

Mrs. Kent Balls 

(Elizabeth Franke, 13) 

3406 Lowell Street, N. W. 

Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. William Williamson, Jr 

(Martha Lee, '25) 

518 Hermitage Road 

Charlotte, North Carolina 


Mrs. Frederick Valentine 

(Elizabeth Taylor, "23) 

5515 Cary Street Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

First Vice-President 

Mrs. Howard Luff 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

2215 Devonshire Drive 

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 

Second Vice-President 
Elizabeth Wall, '36 
1023 Electric Street 

Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Alumnae Secretary 

and Treasurer 
Vivienne Barkalow 

Breckenridge, '18 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairman Alumnae Fund 
Gertrude Prior, '29 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 


The Cupola 

June, 1937 

Alumnae News 

Dr. Ernest Hocking Speaks at Commencement 

By Martha Lou Lemmon, '34, Ph.D. 

At Sweet Briar's twenty-eighth an- 
nual commencement on Tuesday, June 8, 
Dr. William Ernest Hocking, chairman oi 
the department of philosophy at Harvard 
University, addressed the graduates and 
their guests. 

Recognizing the tendency of education 
to supply the individual with things orna- 
mental which may easily be lost rather 
than with essentials which become a part 
of him, Dr. Hocking urged a consideration 
of "The Arteries of Education," the factors 
which enable the individual to assimilate 
matters-of-fact, to give them a vital rela- 
tion to the whole being. In Dr. Hocking's 
words "we must have arteries flowing 
through our acquisitions to make them 
a part of us." 

Work well done, physical labor, was 
named as the first mode of enabling us to 
convert text book knowledge from dead 
stuff to living reality. Dr. Hocking empha- 
sized the necessity of being acquainted 
with the physical world about us, an ac- 
quaintance which can be achieved only 
through coming in contact with it through 
all our senses, by working in it. From 
knowledge of concrete things we can prog- 
ress to a much deeper understanding of ab- 
stract considerations. For example, phy- 
sical laws gain significance from direct 
observation of their applications; poetry 
and art are more meaningful to those who 
have wide experience with the common- 
place and concrete; economic and social 
problems are comprehended only when one 
is, or has been, active in the work of the 
world. Through engagement in diligent 
labor experience is extended so that intel- 
lectual education may more readily be- 
come a vital and essential attribute of a 
person. Furthermore, discipline of body 
enhances orderliness of mind. 

From play well played many benefits 
are realized. In games and sports man 
sets his own obstacles and learns the joy 
and zest of overcoming them. Practice in 
surmounting these difficulties aids him in 

combatting the forbidding physical condi- 
tions which surround him; even more, it 
makes him eager to have problems to solve, 
opposition to cope with. Play offers also 
practice in failure and success. From the 
relatively unimportant defeats and victories 
of contests in play, one learns poise in 
meeting life's ever-changing sides; one 
discovers how to bear failure with dignity, 
success with modesty. Sports and games 
offer occasions for a candid critique of 
character. Dropping the sometimes hypo- 
critical politenesses of the drawing-room, 
participants in athletics give and receive 
honest judgments on the worth of their 
accomplishments. Frankness and direct 
expression of opinion are encouraged by 
the activities of the sports field. Accord- 
ing to Dr. Hocking, in play we learn to 
emphasize form, the essence of success. 
Slovenly and careless performances do 
not win, regardless of the energy that goes 
into them. In this age of formlessness we 
are too often satisfied with slipshod meth- 
ods and fail to realize the value of invest- 
ing in the perfection of our modes of 
doing things. 

"Play is an activity which does not be- 
long in the school room but in all life. 
When game and competition have to be 
relied on to make study palatable, educa- 
tion has confessed a failure. Play is an 
artery of education, not its method." 

People well met constitute the third ar- 
tery which lends vitality to education. 
Through verbal discourse one mind, as it 
were, is poured into another. Conversa- 
tion is of vast importance in the reciprocal 
stimulation of thinking beings; it is the 
school of the unschooled. Dr. Hocking 
quite rightly deplores our reliance on a 
"line of talk" which can be used to fit any 
situation; its superficiality only aids us to 
get rid of people. To make verbal inter- 
course serve the purpose of establishing 
close social bonds between human beings, 
the good conversationalist must relinquish 
vanity, conventional politeness and super- 
ficiality. He must not prattle always of his 

Sweet Briar College 

June, 1937 

own interests, not merely pour out but 
give. This means being sure that he is 
listened to. He must not be afraid to state 
honest criticisms, for there is no inter- 
change of ideas when complacent agree- 
ment meets all statements. The good con- 
versationalist brings philosophy to his dis- 
course; he can discuss commonplace things 
in their widest significance, can synthesize 
what we grossly perceive to be unrelated 

As an example of people well met who 
engage in the most profitable conversation 
Dr. Hocking referred to a group of which 
one may well long to be a member. Twelve 
young men met weekly to hear one of their 
number read a paper on any subject in 
which he was interested. When the paper 
was finished each of the members in turn 
gave his honest opinio.i of the composition 
of his fellow. Imagine a discussion in 
which there was no argument merely for 
the sake of argument, no acquiescence for 
the sake of politeness. 

Reading well chosen is not to be over- 
looked as one of the most important "ar- 
teries" of education. " Reading offers op- 
portunities for selected conversation with 
men of all ages and periods. Through 

books we supplement knowledge, develop 
wisdom, increase contacts with other hu- 
man beings, and find stimulus for our own 
thought. Some books serve as cocktails to 
spur us into investigations of our own, 
other books are old friends to be referred 
to for council and companionship. 

Lastly, reverence as a habit was named 
as a means for keeping alert to the ever- 
present mysteries to which we often be- 
come insensitive. We forget that while 
science describes much there are ultimate 
phenomena which cannot be "explained." 
If the fresh curiosity of the child's mind 
can only be retained we shall continually 
find objects of wonder in what we com- 
monly pass over as ordinary and drab. 
Taking quietly council with ourselves, we 
come face to face with the fascinating 
problems of nature. 

In concluding, Dr. Hocking observed 
that "there is no age in the normal human 
mind. There is no reason why we may 
not continue indefinitely this advance we 
call education if we recall that maxim 
which has hitherto flourished only in medi- 
cine, 'A man is as old, and only as old as 
his arteries.' 

A Glimpse of Fletcher Hall 

June. 1937 

Alumnae News 

A Philosophical Approach 

(Editor's Note: Dr. Lucy S. Crawford, head of the Department of Philosophy, Psychology 
and Education, is the first member of the faculty to give a lecture in connection with the Alumnae 
College. This is the first year of the Alumnae College and we wish to thank Dr. Crawford publicly 
for her time and interest in making the initial meeting so successful.) , 

By Lucy Shepard Crawford 

1 must promptly confess to you that the 
spirit of adventure rises high within me as 
I attempt to share with you some of the 
fruits of my association with Sweet Briar. 
For that is what I propose to do. 

As you know, for more than a decade I 
have been an honorary member of the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Association — ever 
since the Class of 1926 invited me to its 
membership. Subsequently the Class of 
1934 welcomed me to its ranks. Proud as 
I am of this double honor, I realize that 
many of you outrank me as a member of 
the Alumnae Association. But one honor 
I must claim as my own; I have been a 
student at Sweet Briar longer than any one 
of you, with the exception of Bertha Pfister 
Wailes. Ordinarily, it takes only four years 
to get a degree from Sweet Briar, but I am 
about to complete my thirteenth year, and 
although I have not yet received a degree, 
I assure you I have learned much within 
these beloved portals! 

And that is what I want to talk to you 
about — what I have learned at Sweet Briar 
— because it is here that I have learned 
much about the application of philosophy 
to everyday living. For one thing it has 
become my profound conviction that unless 
philosophy does enter into our lives from 
day to day, we miss much that we have a 
right to enjoy — we miss much that we have 
a right to suffer. 

The title we have chosen — A philosophi- 
cal approach — immediately raises two ques- 
tions: An approach to what? and: What is 
a philosophical approach? 

It is impossible to talk of a philosophical 
approach to the whole of life. Life is a 
whole, but it is only in our mystical ex- 
periences that we feel life as a whole. We 
can never think it as a whole, and what can- 

not be thought cannot be discussed. So we 
must content ourselves with suggesting the 
possibility of approaching only certain as- 
pects of life in a philosophic spirit, and 
have selected the following as of immediate 
and universal interest: What do we mean 
by a philosophic approach to the common- 
place? to our fellowmen? to education? 
to our ideals of democracy? to interna- 
tional relations? to religion? 

The second question I find more difficult 
to answer: What is a philosophical ap- 
proach? For one thing, the minimum es- 
sentials of a philosophical approach to any 
question include sympathy, enthusiasm, sin- 
cerity. Without those qualities we cannot 
make a beginning. Without sympathy and 
enthusiasm we cannot be truly interested in 
anything. Without absolute sincerity, we 
are bound to lose our way amid the per- 
plexities of modern life. And by sincerity 
I mean absolute honesty with one's self as 
well as with others. We must not flinch in 
the face of facts, however disagreeable and 
unfortunate they may seem to us at the 
time. That takes courage. So I would add 
that if the philosophic approach is to carry 
us very far it must be charged with fearless- 
ness and eagerness to understand. 

It goes without saying that in approach- 
ing any question in the philosophic spirit, 
we must do more than face the facts. We 
must seek to understand the deeper mean- 
ing underlying the facts. We must never 
be content with the surface which is so 
often misleading. We must do more than 
look at all sides of a question — we must 
look at it through and through — steadily, 
watchfully, on the alert for the more subtle 
meanings which are apt to elude the casual 
observer. We must never be content with 
mere intellectual understanding of a situa- 
tion. Bather we must strive for a true ap- 
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whole situation as well as a logical analy- 
sis of the various elements. 

In many ways, the philosophic attitude 
is akin to that of the artist because it does 
involve appreciation and is never satisfied 
with bare understanding. In fact, one of 
the prime aims of the practical philosopher 
is to convert the business of living into the 
art of living. 

The Commonplace 

But what has philosophy to do with the 
commonplace? Everything and nothing! 
For most of us it has nothing to do with 
the commonplace because we stubbornly 
keep our everyday tasks on the dull level 
of uncreative routine. We scorn the com- 
monplace; we revile it. Then the hum- 
drum tasks of life become drudgery — and 
against drudgery it is our bounden duty to 
rebel! Rebellion against drudgery has it- 
self become a commonplace. Or worse 
still, rebellion has given way to resigned 
submission to the inevitable! 

My contention is that whether ve rebel 
or submit we are guilty of blatant stupidity 
— and are highly imphilosophical. Com- 
mon sense tells us that, except for the pro- 
verbial "rolling stone," everyone's life 
must include a goodly share of humdrum 
activity — routine — the necessary red tape 
of living. Whether it happens to be meet- 
ing the demands of a teaching schedule day 
in and day out — or planning three meals 
a day week in and week out, there is 

To rebel — or to submit — that is the ques- 
tion — or so we think, because we fail to 
apply philosophy to the commonplace. 
When we are faced with two distasteful al- 
ternatives, philosophy tells us we should 
not choose the lesser of the two evils — 
rather we should seek some other alterna- 
tive which meets our standard of goodness. 
Furthermore, philosophy assures us there 
is a good waiting for us to discover it! 

What has philosophy to do with the 
commonplace? Everything, because it is 
possible to convert drudgery into interest- 
ing creative activity ; it is within our power 
to perform humdrum tasks gaily and with 
zest, if we truly appreciate their relation 
to a larger whole. I would go even further 

and say that in some moods we can enjoy 
a routine occupation for its own sake. 
There is real inner satisfaction in success- 
ful achievement per se, whether we be en- 
gaged in washing dishes or in preparing 
an examination schedule; whether we sew 
on buttons or darn stockings, or compute 
credit ratios! To bake a cake, or to make 
plans for a class discussion, may be akin 
to an artistic creation, or it may be dull 
automatic routine. This is where philoso- 
phy may play an important role by con- 
vincing us that life itself is neither interest- 
ing nor uninteresting — it becomes what we 
make it. The zest and variety which we 
demand of life, we must demand of our- 
selves — it must be our own creation. That 
is the fundamental message of philosophy. 

Our Fellowmen 

As we seek a philosophical approach to 
our fellowmen, we soon come to bewilder- 
ing crossroads, with many divergent sign- 
posts to choose from. There is one sign 
pointing the way, marked in bold letters 
that all-who-run may read the familiar 
word, Charity. But we have been warned 
against misdirected, individual, unorgan- 
ized, unintelligent charity, so we turn to the 
next. We find three others seemingly 
pointing in the same general direction: 
Friendliness, Good Will, Helpfulness. 
That is a bit confusing. It is not clear 
which of the three will prove to be the 
best road. Our eye catches another 
marked Cheerfulness; still another marked 
Human Interest. They both sound promis- 
ing, but under each we notice the warning: 
"Road under construction. Pass at your 
own risk." Shall we take the risk? 

Finally, we find the one we have been 
looking for — marked Tolerance. That 
word inspires our confidence. Surely that 
is the safest philosophical approach. So 
it is, if we maintain the spirit of tolerance 
at a high level, which is not easy. To be 
truly tolerant means to be genuinely in- 
terested in the enthusiasms and aspirations 
of our companions, and to show that sym- 
pathetic interest whenever opportunity of- 
fers. Theoretically, we believe in being 
tolerant, but as we become absorbed in our 
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comes sadly perfunctory. It becomes pas- 
sive and coldly intellectual. Tolerance 
without sympathy descends to the level of 
indifference, than which there is nothing 
more unphilosophical. 

If we follow the signpost marked Toler- 
ance, it is very easy to be led astray on the 
Bypath of Indifference, without realizing 
that we have turned off the main highway. 
That is our special danger today. We are 
so determined to be tolerant that we. have 
interpreted tolerance negatively, to mean 
non-interference with the lives of others. 
Consequently in recent years the familiar 
saying, "Live and let live," has become 
falsely synonymous with tolerance. That 
familiar formula is to my mind highly 
unphilosophical because it is based upon 
an erroneous conception of human nature, 
and consequently it is impossible to apply 
it to living day in and day out. When we 
try to apply it we actually become in- 

Let us elaborate the formula a little so 
that we may more clearly see its implica- 
tions: When we say, "Live and let live," 
do we not in substance say : "You go your 
way; I go mine. You live your life; I live 
mine. I believe I have a right to live my 
own life, and I grant you the same right. 
I won't interfere with you, and I don't pro- 
pose to let you interfere with me." All 
that sounds very simple and very clear. 
But does it really apply to the truly human 
life? Is it perhaps too simple to serve as 
an adequate guide through the intricacies 
and complexities of even everyday experi- 
ence — to say nothing of those experiences 
which transcend the commonplace? Is it 
perhaps too clear to be really useful when 
we consider the mystical quality of all life, 
and the mystery and uncertainty wdiich re- 
currently baffle us, and through which we 
very often have to feel our way to true 

Yes, each one of us does want to live his 
own life, but more fundamental still is the 
feeling that we want to live a life worth 
the living, and the only really worthy life 
is the truly human life. What do we mean 
by the "truly human life"? That is a 
question that has found many different an- 

swers through the centuries. Without at- 
tempting to review or to reconcile those 
conflicting answers, it is safe to assume that 
the consensus of current opinion would en- 
dorse the statement that, whatever else it is, 
the truly human life is a social life. The 
individual who best represents humanity 
lives his life in the midst of a social group 
and in communion with his fellows. The 
glorification of the hermit-life is long past. 

We are still "individualists" — more 
consciously and insistently individualists 
than ever before perhaps. Each of us cher- 
ishes his own individuality, and demands 
the right to develop that individuality to 
its highest and best. But deep down in our 
consciousness is the realization that no 
one's individuality can be developed in a 
vacuum. Above everything else, each one 
of us needs other individuals to make pos- 
sible the growth of our own latent capaci- 
ties. We need more than mere "social con- 
tacts," as the phrase goes today. The 
human world can no longer be looked up- 
on as a "billiard ball universe," where 
atomic individuals knock against each 
other, leaving no lasting impression except 
perhaps a scratch on the surface — merely 
bumping each other from place to place. 
Human lives do more than merely touch 
each other. Each touch causes vibration 
and re-vibration. Human lives really fuse 
with each other. We are all "members one 
of another." No life expresses the essence 
of humanity that fails to enter into the 
lives of others, and to receive other lives 
gladly and eagerly as part and parcel of 
its own. It is only by such fusion that 
individuality expands into personality; 
whereas the individual who steels himself 
against such enriching experiences inevita- 
bly shrivels, and fails to develop a true 

Perhaps then my main quarrel with the 
live-and-let-live formula is that it is dis- 
tinctly anti-social, and therefore un human, 
and therefore unphilosophical. It is anti- 
social because it implies indifference to the 
welfare and progress of other human be- 
ings, and really to the deep-rooted rights 
of others. It assures us that we have no 
responsibility to do what we can to help 
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even though they hunger and thirst tor com- 
panionship and love and sympathy. It as- 
sures us that we are under no obligation to 
offer to others the best that is in us, or to 
make them feel free and eager to share with 
us their joys and their sorrows. And still 
more disheartening is its assurance that we 
have no rightful share in their lives, no 
matter how great our own need. 

As we travel the Highroad of Tolerance, 
there is danger of slipping into the abyss 
of indifference which will blind us to the 
sacred obligations that inevitably devolve 
upon us as human beings. There was a 
time when I thought to feel the chill of 
indifference was almost unendurable. No 
one will deny that it is a bitter blow to 
one's pride to be ignored, not to be noticed 
by others. But infinitely worse, it seems to 
me now, is it to feel indifference to other 
human beings. For that means a betrayal 
of the Divine Spark within us: it means 
that we have become callous and hardened 
to the finer things of life; that we have lost 
our sensitivity to the overtones of human- 

If it were possible to adhere strictly to 
the live-and-let-live formula, would it not 
inevitably mean an utterly lonely life? 
Highly as we prize our independence, is 
there anyone really more miserable than 
the man or woman who does not feel the 
need of anyone, and worse still, feels that 
no one needs him? Such a soul may pride 
himself on being independent, but he is 
fearfully alone. And by the "indepen- 
dent" man in this sense. I mean the one 
who holds himself aloof from the influence 
of others, who tries never consciously to 
influence others; who never gives himself 
to another; and who therefore misses one 
of the richest of life's experiences — the in- 
filtration of another's personality. 

Up to a certain point it may be possible 
for. a man to "live his own life" — that is, 
to go through life, hardheaded. hard- 
hearted, self-enclosed, prizing his own in- 
dividuality so much that he strives more 
or less successfully to protect it against 
contamination from any external source. 
But the success can only be partial, and at 
best is very uncertain. For curiously 
enough, no matter how hard we try, we can 

never seal ourselves hermetically, so that 
•we are really impervious to the influence 
of other human beings. Whether we know 
it or not, for good or for ill, the influence 
of our human environment will impress it- 
self upon our personality. Is it not really 
much saner to acknowledge our natural 
sensitivitiy so that we may the more read- 
ily select those influences which will fur- 
ther the development of the best that is in 
us, and reject those that tend to thwart our 
striving toward that ideal? It is really not 
a question of whether we are going to be 
influenced or not — rather, what kind of in- 
fluence are we going to welcome, and what 
kind are we going to avoid? 

Up to a certain point. I say, it may be 
possible for a man to "live his own life," 
but the second half of the formula seems 
to me entirely false. You can never let 
anyone else live his own life, unaffected by 
your life. How much he is influenced by 
your life depends to some extent on him- 
self — upon his selection or rejection of 
you as a factor in his life. You may by 
various means increase your influence, but 
by your own efforts, you can never obliter- 
ate it entirely. You may avoid him; you 
may disregard him. In your eagerness to 
live your own life, you may ride roughshod 
over him, but you can never wrench your- 
self entirely free. Very often, when you 
disregard him, you are really disregarding 
his rightful claim to your human compan- 
ionship and understanding. What such an 
influence means is obvious. As a rule it 
seems to me, the "let live" half of the 
formula usually means exerting an influ- 
ence that is weakening rather than strength- 
ening; benumbing rather than invigorat- 
ing; disheartening rather than encouraging. 

In fact, there is no way under heaven 
that we can keep our lives from affecting 
those who come within our reach. Indeed, 
our influence often goes far beyond our 
reach. So again, the question is not wheth- 
er we are going to influence others. We 
are, no matter how great an effort we may 
make to the contrary. The real question 
is: What kind of an influence are we going 
to exert? That is the question for our 
philosophy of life to answer. 

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To the realm of education there are so 
many interlacing avenues of approach that 
we are faced with a veritable labyrinth of 
possibilities. Certain phases of this ques- 
tion I have already touched upon in the 
columns of the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
News. Tonight I shall merely suggest that 
a philosophical approach to education 
must be illuminated by two beacon lights 
which we might call love and creaiiveness. 
There can be no true education without a 
love of learning on the part of both the 
teacher and the student. Nor can there be 
true education without a consciousness of 
the creative power of the human mind. 
Furthermore, anyone who wishes to further 
the cause of education must also be in- 
spired by a love of his fellowmen and by 
faith in their creative power. This implies 
that over and above the common denomi- 
nator of humanity, each individual is 
unique, and must be treated accordingly. 

Our Ideals of Democracy 

Probably nowhere is the philosophical 
approach more needed today than in the 
discussion of our democratic ideals. De- 
mocracy is clearly on trial both at home 
and abroad. It is facing one of the major 
crises of its noble history. What will be 
the verdict of our generation? What are 
we going to do about it? What are we 
going to say about it? What are we going 
to think about it? And (perhaps most im- 
portant of all) how do we feel about it? 

As we pause for reflection, what do we 
find when we scrutinize the present situa- 
tion? On every hand, we find suspicion 
and distrust, uncertainty and unrest, fear 
and bitterness. Two of the most cherished 
ideals of modern democracy are being seri- 
ouslv and openly threatened. The vehe- 
mence with which the conservative is de- 
fending the ideal of personal liberty is 
enough to warn us that it is in danger. The 
ardor with which the radical proclaims the 
ideal of equality vaguely suggests that 
something may be amiss there also. We are 
somewhat baffled for so long we have taken 
these ideals for granted. Are they not part 
and parcel of our American tradition? 

Why should they need defense or pro- 
clamation? Does not every sane man be- 
lieve in personal liberty, at least within 
the bounds of social expediency? As a 
bare minimum, do we not agree with Her- 
bert Hoover that personal liberty must in- 
clude freedom '"to choose one's own calling 
. . . ( freedom ) to win and keep a home 
sacred from intrusion . . . (freedom! to 
earn, to spend, to save and accumulate 
property honestly"? 

But from our vantage point of economic 
security, what shall we say to the man who 
bitterly scoffs at this traditional ideal of 
liberty — the man who, because of present 
economic conditions beyond his control, 
has lost his job, has lost his home, and is 
in danger of losing something infinitely 
more precious — his self-respect? His free- 
dom to earn, to spend, to save is an empty 
freedom. He has nothing to spend or to 
save, and he can find no way to earn even 
a bare livelihood. 

This challenge to the ideal of liberty we 
cannot deny. It is becoming more and 
more widespread, and articulate, and the 
other ideal of equality is becoming more 
and more stressed. Moreover, we cannot 
deny that the ideal of liberty, as it has been 
applied in our modern civilization, has re- 
sulted in flagrant inequality and conse- 
quent injustice and untold suffering. In 
the sacred name of personal liberty, man's 
grasping greedy hand has been raised 
against his brother, with the result that we 
are virtually now in the midst of a class 
war — the poor against the rich, the rich 
against the poor, and the army of the poor 
and their sympathizers is increasing daily. 
But this, I maintain, is not true liberty. 
The man of excessive wealth is no more 
free than the man of extreme poverty. 
Both alike are today in a state of economic 
insecurity. Both alike are economic slaves. 

What then is amiss with our ideal of 
liberty? Have we been mistaken in dedi- 
cating ourselves to this ideal? I believe 
not. The trouble is not with the ideal of 
liberty, but with the way we have inter- 
preted and applied that ideal. It has led 
us astray, and far astray. We have been 
grasping; we have been greedy. We still 


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cling fiercely and blindly to the rugged 
atomic individualism characteristic of the 
eighteenth century. That we must now dis- 
card, together with its corollary, the mosaic 
conception of the state. By the same token, 
we must renounce the devastating egoism 
and egocentricity of materialistic hedonism, 
even though it be camouflaged by the be- 
guiling disguise of "enlightened self-inter- 

Atomic individualism did yeoman ser- 
vice during the eighteenth and middle nine- 
teenth centuries, but it has proved woe- 
fully inadequate to the needs and aspira- 
tions of the twentieth century. It must give 
way because it holds individual apart from 
individual, and maintains a false antithesis 
between the individual and the state. It 
must give way because it does violence to 
human nature and to human experience. 
It must give way for very much the same 
reason that the atomic theory of classical 
physics has given way before the electron 
theory of our own day. We are no longer 
justified in looking upon the human indi- 
vidual as an isolated, self-enclosed entity, 
who combines with other individuals to 
form a structural unity, which we call the 
state. Philosophy tells us that we must 
look upon the state as an organic unity 
made up of individuals who are members 
united into a living whole by the inner 
bonds of sympathetic fellowship and eager 

For the outworn conception of atomic or 
exclusive individualism we must substitute 
the conception of a social, ever-developing 
individual, but developing in loyal and de- 
voted comradeship with other individuals. 
Such an individual is not only free, but 
through the exercise of his own freedom, 
he will contribute to the freedom of his 
fellowmen. No one is truly free unless all 
are free. 

Theoretically, every "100% American" 
still strives to maintain this "rugged indi- 
vidualism" both for himself and for others, 
and fiercely resents any encroachment or 
threat of encroachment. Actually, how- 
ever, we are beginning to wonder whether 
our long-cherished isolation and our splen- 
did self-sufficiency have not led to an im- 

passe in social and national development. 
At last our laughter is becoming audible — 
laughter born of the subtle amusement 
which nowadays is apt to be an echo to the 
term, "rugged individualism." That is a 
happy omen, because to become ridiculous 
is to lose caste. We may still be somewhat 
confused as to the real reason for our 
amusement, but we are becoming increas- 
ingly aware that the ideal of "rugged indi- 
vidualism," however noble its historic role, 
has lost its vitality for our own day, and 
must be revised. 

But what of the ideal of equalitv? What 
shall we say to those who believe that to 
relieve our present economic and social 
distress, we must level the present distinc- 
tions between rich and poor so that all may 
be "equal." They tell us we must choose 
between liberty and equality, and for liber- 
ty they would substitute equality. Again 
we face a dangerous fallacy, which con- 
fuses equality with identity. By bringing 
all men to the same level, they believe they 
will be making all men equal. This is a 
mistake. True equality does not mean re- 
ducing all men to the same level. Rather 
it means that everyone must have as good 
and fair a chance as everyone else to de- 
velop the powers latent within him, and to 
advance economically, socially, morally, 
intellectually, spiritually, as far as his own 
native capacity makes possible. Moreover, 
no chance is either good or fair unless the 
individual is free to develop his native 
powers as a creative spiritual being. With- 
out spontaneity, development will inevita- 
bly be stunted and distorted. We cannot 
have equality without liberty. 

It is likewise true that we cannot have 
true liberty without equality. We cannot 
be truly free unless we recognize and re- 
joice in the equally free development of 
other human beings; unless we are associ- 
ated in harmonious activity with other free- 
ly developing individuals. No — liberty 
and equality must work together. They 
are not really incompatible as some people 
are trying to persuade us today — they are 
really complementary, essential to each 
other, and must be reconciled if democracy 
is to endure as a form of government 
worthy of human aspirations. 

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But we must face the present situation 
and realize that as matter of fact, in the 
minds of many, liberty and equality are 
today violently antagonistic to each other. 
How shall we resolve this antagonism? I 
turn again to a familiar phrase- — this time, 
in the language of our brothers, the 
French : "Liberti — Egalilc — Fralernite." 
That one word fraternUc is our answer. 
The ideal of democracy is really threefold. 
To make the correlation between liberty 
and equality complete and self-perpetuat- 
ing, we must have fraternitc — we must have 
brotherhood in the Christian sense of the 
word. In time of stress as at present, lib- 
erty and equality will become antagonistic 
unless welded together by brotherly love. 
Brotherly love is the great solvent which, 
by its warmth, dissolves the false "psycho- 
logical" barriers that tend to estrange one 
individual from another, and that delude 
us into believing that liberty and equality 
are antagonistic. Brotherhood is the great 
dynamic cohesive power which makes it 
possible for equality and liberty to march 
together in rhythmic harmony. 

Whenever, in the history of the race, this 
awareness of human brotherhood becomes 
dulled, then equality and liberty tend to 
fall away from each other. Our present 
imperative need is to reconcile these two 
ideals which for nearly two centuries have 
jointly dominated western civilization. 
And the Conciliator must be the Brotherly 
Love revealed in the life and teaching of 
Jesus of Nazareth. 

Our International Relations 
This thought leads us naturally to con- 
sider what wc mean by a philosophic ap- 
proach to international relations. Again 
a highly complex question of many facets. 
I select for our consideration that aspect of 
international relations which is at once the 
most perplexing and the most fundamental, 
and the one that for nearly two decades has 
been the most insistent in popular discus- 

Is there any philosophic approach to in- 
ternational peace? I believe there is, and 
I shall point the way to that approach by 
asking two other questions: What can we 
do to express our allegiance to the ideal 

of peace? What can we do to make that 
ideal a dynamic force in our lives? These 
are the questions that face every thinking 
mind today, because peace is rapidly be- 
coming the ideal of every thinking mind. 

But the answer to these questions eludes 
us. Let us first face the fact that today 
peace is only an ideal. Even though we 
are not actively at war, we are not really 
at peace. What we call peace is only a 
truce, and an armed truce at that, a pro- 
longed armistice. Let us remember also 
that peace is infinitely more than absence 
of war. All our efforts to avert war will 
be futile unless we strive for real peace. 
Only real peace will make war between 
nations impossible. Only a peace gener- 
ated and maintained by good will will 
make war between nations unthinkable, as 
it is today between the United States and 

For many months we have anxiously 
watched the heroic efforts of Britain and 
France to check the war-tide which threat- 
ens to engulf Europe. Our anxiety in- 
creases as we watch the forces of war gain- 
ing momentum across the Atlantic. We are 
becoming more and more aware of our own 
danger. We are becoming more and more 
fearful lest we shall ultimately be drawn 
into the conflict. We may preach neutral- 
ity, and urge neutrality legislation and dis- 
armament. We may join the No-Foreign- 
War League, and hold meetings and preach 
the doctrine of isolation, and bewail the 
futility of our participation in the Great 
War. But in our heart of hearts we know 
that that alone will not avert disaster. 

A feeling of helplessness comes over us 
at times because if the war tide sweeps over 
Europe, what then? As a nation and as 
individuals we may hold aloof. But as in- 
dividuals we know in our heart of hearts 
that a European war would necessarily in- 
volve us, economically and spiritually, 
even though the L nited States refrained 
from the formality of active participation 
on the battlefield. We know that a Euro- 
pean war would spell disaster for us, how- 
ever strenuous our efforts to maintain offi- 
cial neutrality. We know that a general 
European war would mean the crash of our 


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civilization. No longer do we need argu- 
ments to convince us of the value of main- 
taining friendly relations with all nations. 
But when we see those friendly relations 
threatened, as they are threatened on every 
hand today, then a feeling of helplessness 
and discouragement overwhelms us. 

It is that feeling of discouragement and 
helplessness that I would like to challenge. 
We, as individuals, are not helpless, and we 
should rise above our discouragement. One 
of the great dangers of this twofold feeling 
of helplessness and discouragement is that 
it so easily degenerates into a feeling of in- 
difference. It leaves us inert when we 
should be vigorously active. 

In protesting against the inertia of in- 
difference, I would challenge our current 
concept of peace. Too often we think of 
peace as mere absence of war — a mere 
truce or prolonged armistice. That is a 
great mistake. A truce is charged with 
suspicion and greed and distrust — the very 
antithesis of peace. That is the great mal- 
ady of the world today. We are poisoned 
by suspicion and greed and distrust; and 
through them all runs the venom of fear. 
Well do we know that when suspicion and 
greed, distrust and fear are dominant in the 
human heart, war is inevitable. Sooner or 
later it will break loose in all its fury. 

There are many things we prize above 
that kind of peace. But the peace that is 
beyond price is the peace generated by the 
good will. That is the only real peace. 
That peace is of intrinsic worth. There is 
in this country and throughout the world 
a growing consciousness that we want real 
peace. To be sure, we still hear arguments 
that peace is necessary for economic and 
social security; we must preserve peace in 
order to prevent wasteful expenditures for 
armaments, in order to prevent human suf- 
fering in order to maintain our civiliza- 
tion, etc. In short, war is murder and 

With all that we agree. Such arguments 
once served a lofty purpose because they 
galvanized us into thinking about this all- 
important problem. But now these same 
arguments leave us cold. Intellectually we 
accept them: emotionally they no longer 

stir us. Why? Because consciously or un- 
consciously, we are coming to realize that 
we shall never be satisfied with that kind 
of peace. Therein lies our greatest hope. 
It is not primarily for security that we want 
peace; nor is it for the sake of thrift or for 
the prevention of human suffering. No! 
We want, peace for its own sake. And the 
only peace that is of intrinsic value is peace 
generated and maintained by good will 
among men. 

When that is what we mean by peace, it 
is not so hard to answer the questions with 
which we started: What can we as indi- 
viduals do to express our allegiance to the 
ideal of peace? What can we do to make 
that ideal a dynamic force in our lives? 
When we think of peace in that way, there 
is much that we can do, and we can begin 
at once. Our task, as individuals, is not 
only to defend and preserve the superficial 
and unstable peace that we now have, but 
our real task is to create the peace of good 
will. That is our task — yours and mine — 
right here and now. But how? I can only 
suggest because to each of us it is a per- 
sonal problem. 

Looking toward world peace as our goal, 
we must begin with our own souls. Until 
we have peace within, we can never hope to 
exert any positive influence for outward 
peace. It is not too much to say that the 
individual soul is the ultimate source, the 
radiating centre, of all real peace among 
men. One of the conditions of inner peace 
is that inner feeling of friendly good will 
toward our immediate associates. The in- 
ner harmony of the individual soul gener- 
ates good will toward those about us, be- 
cause it already possesses good will within. 

We must also see to it that we are at 
peace with our immediate associates — with 
our family; with our community. We must 
work for this same kind of dynamic peace 
among groups within the nation before we 
can hope for a vigorous good will among 
nations. By good will I mean an active 
will — a will that expresses itself in spon- 
taneous sympathy and kindly generous acts 
— a will that forgets itself in doing for 
others. Such a will is really a form of 
creative energy — a form of energy poten- 

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tial within each one of us. By its power, 
and by its power alone, can we create peace. 
When I speak of the good will as energy, 
I would call it radiant energy. By that I 
mean that as we develop and practice good 
will towards our immediate associates, that 
power will inevitably radiate beyond those 
immediate associates to include a wider and 
wider circle. Or. to change the metaphor, 
once the good will is released, it gathers 
momentum as it goes on its way, and ulti- 
mately it must overcome all obstacles. The 
power of good will increases with practice. 
The more you exercise that power the more 
of it you have to exercise, and frequently 
your good will will light the spark which 
will release the good will of others. 

It is not too much to hope that it is with- 
in the power of every one of us to develop 
an attitude or spirit of good will to include 
all humanity, or even all living things. 
Many of you — nay, most of you — have al- 
ready developed that attitude to a high de- 
gree. My plea is that you give it free rein 
and you will be making a real contribution 
to the world's peace. That is what I mean 
when I say that we, as individuals, are not 
helpless. We may begin at once; we must 
begin at once to create peace — the peace 
that will ultimately embrace all mankind. 
Only thus can we prevent either economic 
and social warfare between groups within 
the nation, or warfare between nations. We 
can never "outlaw" war by legislation or 
executive edict. The law of war can be 
nullified only by the law of brotherly love. 


When we think of peace in that way, we 
realize it is more than an economic ques- 
tion; more than a social or political ques- 
tion; more even than an ethical question. 
It includes all these aspects of human asso- 
ciation, but it also carries us to the very 
heart of religion, because the ultimate basis 
for every phase of human association is our 
conception of the nature of reality and 
man's relation to reality. That is religion. 

Is it possible to discover a philosophic 
approach to religion? In a sense that to 
me is the natural approach, as distinguish- 
ed from the conventional or the traditional 

approach. Convention and tradition lead 
us through the maze of theology, and in 
that labyrinth of authoritative dogma and 
established creed, we of today are apt to 
lose our way, or to become sadly confused 
before we begin to comprehend the real 
significance of religion. We become lost 
in theological confusion — in the confusion 
of a theology that is not of our own making 
but has been handed down to us from gen- 
eration to generation. We may acquiesce 
blindly in the traditional formulae. That 
is, we may conform to the letter of the ac- 
cepted ritual, and thereby fail to appreciate 
the spirit of that ritual. Both conformity 
and blind unthinking acquiescence lack the 
vitality of true religion. They are deaden- 
ing and enervating, whereas true religion 
is illuminating and invigorating. 

Others of us may be deeply moved by 
the rhythm and majesty of the church ser- 
vice, without grasping its deeper signifi- 
cance. That, too, falls short of true re- 
ligious experience. Others, of course, be- 
cause of that theological confusion, turn 
away from the church, and in doing so, 
believe they are turning away from reli- 
gion. That, I believe, is a fallacy. It is 
impossible for a human being to be truly 
irreligious. He may blaspheme, but blas- 
phemy is really an assertion of Deity. Even 
when a man professes atheism, it is merely 
the denial of some particular conception of 
God which tradition attempts to impose 
upon him. This is non-conformity, not 

Non-conformity is by no means peculiar 
to the twentieth century. I need only men- 
tion Martin Luther, and those who later 
broke away from the Church of England, 
and kept breaking away into the myriad of 
Protestant sects which we know today. We 
also recall those non-conformists who were 
disciplined by the church during the Mid- 
dle Ages. As late as 1600 Giordano Bruno 
was burned at the stake for heresy, and yet. 
as we now judge him. Bruno was one of the 
most profoundly religious men in all re- 
corded history. Similarly, there is much 
evidence in the Old Testament, and in the 
history of Ancient Greece, of deflections 
from orthodox theology. 


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A man may deny the existence of any 
traditional conception of God. He often 
does. Some of the greatest heroes of hu- 
manity have done so. But he cannot deny 
the existence of the universe and his rela- 
tion to that universe. That is whai philo- 
sophy means by religion — the bond which 
unites the individual to the cosmos. The 
more intelligent, the more thoughtful, the 
individual, the more keenly aware is he of 
that bond, and the more eager to under- 
stand and appreciate it. 

On the other hand, theology is a con- 
struction by the human mind of dogma and 
creed and ritual. You might say that the- 
ology is man's effort to find expression for 
his religious consciousness and religious 
experience. Through the centuries these 
expressions have become crystallized into 
more or less rigid formulae. It is that 
rigidity that we are apt to find irksome 
today. But in religion itself there is no 
rigidity. Whatever else it is, religion is 
dynamic. It is the response of man's inner 
consciousness to some Power beyond him- 
self which he recognizes as greater than 
himself and yet akin to his innermost being. 
Sometimes this response is highly mtellec- 
tualized and consequently lukewarm and 
only mildly active; at other times it is the 
ardent outpouring of the soul in joyous and 
reverent worship. Theological creed and 
dogma are of the utmost value when they 
are recognized as the symbolic expression 
of religion. They may become positively 
harmful when identified with religion. 
When theological dogma and creed become 
so restricting as to impede our religious 
development, the reflective mind must dis- 
card or modify or reinterpret them ; or else, 
stagnate as far as religion is concerned. 
Religious ideas, as all other ideas, must 
grow and develop in the active mind, and 
enlightened theology must permit and en- 
courage that growth. 

As we pursue the philosophic approach 
to religion we realize that not only are we 
mistaken in tending to identify theology 

and religion, but we also make the further 
mistake of confusing ethics and religion. 
During the Middle Ages, and to a certain 
extent down to the mid-nineteenth century, 
theology was dominant at the expense of 
true religion. Since the middle of the nine- 
teenth century, with the rapid growth of 
humanitarianism and its valiant ally, the 
applied sciences, ethics has been gaining 
ascendency until by many today it is 
looked upon as an adequate substitute for 
religion. Others believe that this confusion 
between ethics and religion is the great 
spiritual weakness of our generation. 
Ethics, like theology, is only an expression 
of religion. Whereas theology has to do 
mainly with the relation between man and 
God, ethics is concerned with the relation 
of man to his fellowmen. Religion in- 
cludes both relationships. The great well- 
spring of ethics is religion. Or, shall we 
say that the quality of your ethics depends 
in the last analysis upon your conception 
of the universe and man's relation to the 
universe. If you are a mechanist your 
ethics will be very different from the ethics 
of a man who believes in the Creative Spirit 
of the universe and man's kinship with that 

Finally, although there has been serious 
conflict between science and theology, there 
is no real antagonism between science and 
religion. On the contrary, every advance 
of modern science should deepen one's re- 
ligious faith. The progressive revelations 
of science offer us increasing evidence of 
the order and beauty in the universe. By 
resolving many particular mysteries in the 
world as we know it today, modern science 
has deepened the eternal mystery of the 
universe. The great Elizabethan philoso- 
pher, Francis Bacon, was a true prophet 
when he declared that men should pursue 
science "for the glory of God and the relief 
of man's estate." For the philosopher all 
paths lead to religion, whether you ap- 
proach by way of theology, or ethics, or 

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In Appreciation 

(Editor's Note: Martha Lee Williamson, '25, was one of the first alumnae to be elected 
to representation on the Board of Overseers. She is retiring this June from the Board.) 

By Martha Lee Williamson 

1 hree years ago a telegram came to 
me saying that the alumnae of Sweet Briar 
had elected me to represent them on the 
Board of Overseers of the college. Of 
course I was pleased and terribly thrilled 
— but ignorant of what this appointment 
could mean. "The Board" seemed quite 
vague to me during my four years in col- 
lege; and for the past ten years though I 
had kept up my contacts with Sweet Briar 
through our alumnae magazine and through 
Charlotte girls in college, I was cognizant 
of gaps in my information, and certainly 
I knew nothing of the work of the Board. 

During my numerous recent visits to the 
college while attending Board meetings my 
eyes have been opened. I have found 
the same Sweet Briar we all love . . . but 
a Sweet Briar grown up. I have found 
the same beautiful place, increased in love- 
liness. The atmosphere is more scholarly 
and serious than ever, and the girls are just 
as adorable as always. I have observed 
with pride that the ideals of the college 
have grown with the years. The library 
adds immeasurably to the beauty and 
scholastic atmosphere of the college, while 
the gym bespeaks the development and 
growth of interest in sports. 

Authorities from other colleges all re- 
mark on the wonderful relationship be- 
tween faculty and students at Sweet Briar. 
There is a spirit of desire on the part of 
our teachers to help each student. We 
should be proud of our faculty which has 
grown in distinction without losing in 
friendliness and informality. 

Most interesting to me is what I have 
learned about "the Board" of our college. 
I have found its members to be distin- 
guished men and women, interested in and 
alive to the problems and needs of Sweet 
Briar. They share the viewpoint of our 
President that a Sweet Briar successful 
today is not enough. They are continually 
planning for the future that the successful 
college we know today may grow into a 
secure Sweet Briar for our daughters and 
our daughters' daughters. This Board does 
not simply meet twice a year for discus- 
sion. Its members work on various com- 
mittees for the upkeep and growth of the 
college. They plan ahead wisely, foresee- 
ing our needs and problems. Our new exe- 
cutive secretary of the Board, Mr. Lancas- 
ter, is to assist the Board in carrying out 
its plans. We alumnae can be of great 
help to Mr. Lancaster. 

I have found our president, Miss Glass, 
still the charming person, the able speaker 
and executive we have all known, and also 
a most astounding business woman; and 
indeed, I have learned what a vast business 
the running of Sweet Briar is. 

As a result of what: I have learned, let 
me send you a message. Our pride in our 
college should be deep and sincere. Our 
enthusiastic support of its plans for the 
future is essential to its life. Let us have 
no more luke warm response to our alum- 
nae association. We are important to 
Sweet Briar. 

Finally, to you all, for the privilege and 
honor of sitting on the Board of our college 
I say from the bottom of my heart — thank 


Sweet Briar College 

June, 1937 

Report of the Alumnae Secretary, 1936-1937 

As we come to the close of the fiscal 
year 1936-1937, it is very gratifying to be 
able to report that several projects which 
were started last year and the year before 
are now complete. These deal with the 
mechanical part of the office routine, but 
form so vital a part in the running of the 
office that they deserve first mention among 
the achievements of the year. Every record 
in the office has been checked and re- 
checked; we have spent hours, to say noth- 
ing of postage, tracking down the '"lost" 
alumnae and have found about sixty-five 
percent of this wandering group. We are 
still working to find the remaining thirty- 
five percent. This may sound very simple, 
but I assure you that in some cases we have 
traced a girl through ten different leads be- 
fore actually finding her. The expense of 
locating these "lost" has been heavy but 
well worth it. Right here, may I urge you 
to send in your new address just as soon 
as you know it? 

In March of 1935 we began work on an 
Achievement file which would give a com- 
plete history of every graduate from the 
date of her graduation to the present time. 
It took more than a year and a half to 
assemble this material, but today every 
graduate is catalogued according to her 
class, and her achievements are listed. 
Again, may I urge you to send in informa- 
tion that should appear on your record? 
When this file was completed we decided 
to go one step further and set up a file 
according to departments so that when we 
were asked to supply candidates for a 
teacher of history or latin, a secretary or 
artist we could, without reading the 
achievement file, quickly supply this de- 
sired information by this method of a cross 
reference. This file is not entirely finished. 
but we hope that by the time the office 
closes this June it will have been com- 

Another new file which has been started 
is called "Sweet Briar Granddaughters." 
You can, of course, quickly see the value 
of this information. And again I plead 

for information about your children. The 
association is becoming so large that we 
must begin these information files now if 
they are to be anything like complete, ac- 
curate, and valuable. 

This work has been going on in addition 
to the regular business of the office and the 
additional work in connection with my 
being president of the American Alumni 
Council during the year. It has been pos- 
sible to accomplish these things, due to the 
fact that the alumnae association has had 
the services of six N.Y.A. students during 
the year. 

In reviewing the regular work of the 
office for this year, it seems best !o do it 
month by month. Before returning to col- 
lege in the middle of September to take 
up the work for the year, I stopped at 
Pennsylvania State College to speak to 
District II Conference of the American 
Alumni Council. The last of September 
the third annual report of the Alumnae 
Fund was mailed to everyone. Following 
closely, the office next did the mechanical 
part of sending out the letters from the 
Fund Chaiiman to her Class Agents. 

In early October we mimeographed the 
Fund Agents' letters for most of the classes. 
The October magazine met its publication 
date of October 20 and was sent to the en- 
tire list of alumnae. On October 29 the 
annual fall meeting of the Alumnae Coun- 
cil was held, and plans for the year were 
discussed and the budget was approved. 
During this month your secretary also pub- 
lished the third issue of the American 
Alumni Council News, and spent two days 
in New York attending a conference on 
National Advertising. 

On November 15, the pamphlet, "Open 
the Door to Scholarship," was mailed to the 
entire list of alumnae. Fund experts con- 
sider this one of the best pieces of Fund 
literature that has been published diis year 
by any college. 

December proved to be one of the busiest 
months. During the first week I attended 
the mid-winter meeting; of the Board of the 

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American Alumni Council which was held 
in New \ork. The second week-end I at- 
tended the first International Radio Con- 
ference in Washington as a delegate for the 
Council. The December Alumnae News 
made its usual publication date, and the 
"Christmas Surprise Box" was mailed to 
the entire list of alumnae. During the 
holidays I spoke at the annual meeting of 
District VII of the American Alumni Coun- 
cil held at the University of Denver. 

January was also an unusually busy 
month. Immediately after returning from 
the Christmas holidays we moved the Alum- 
nae Office from the Cabin to Fletcher Hall. 
Room 6 is the private office of your secre- 
tary and the room adjoining is used jointly 
by the Office of Public Relations and the 
Alumnae Office for secretaries, clerks, and 
files. This change has been a splendid one. 
and has added much to the efficiencv of the 
office. The middle of January it was neces- 
sary for me to attend another meeting, in 
New York, with our national advertisers, 
on behalf of the American Alumni Council. 
Ninety alumni magazines from colleges 
and universities in this country were in- 
volved, and while it took a great deal of 
time the problem seems on the way to a 
satisfactory solution. 

The mid-winter meeting of the Aiumnae 
Council was held in Washington on Feb- 
ruary 6. It was at this meeting that the 
two nominees for the Board of Overseers 
were selected to run for election this spring. 
Another important matter of business that 
was discussed pertained to the reorganiza- 
tion of the financial structure of the Asso- 
ciation. Arrangements have been made 
with the college to effect this change and 
the completed plans will be mailed to 
everyone in the fall. It is gratifying to 
know that this change can be effected after 
several years of planning and working for 
it. This meeljng confirmed the appointment 
of Dorothy Hamilton Davis for the Fund 
Chairman for 1937-1939. It was decided 
at this meeting to start, in a small way, an 
alumnae school at Commencement, and 
your secretary was instructed to ask Dr. 
Lucy Crawford. Professor of Philosophy, 
to be the speaker at this first alumnae 
school. The attendance at her lecture last 

night certainly bespeaks a successful future 
for this new plan. The day before our 
Council meeting your secretary attended 
a conference with the American Council on 
Education, as a representative of the Am- 
erican Alumni Council. On February 12 
your secretary went to Greensboro, North 
Carolina, to give the key note speech for 
the meeting of District III of the American 
Alumni Council. 

In March two publications left the office: 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae News and the 
American Alumni Council News. Beside 
these, the Spring Forecast of the Alumnae 
Fund was sent to all non-contributois. 

The first of April another issue of the 
American Alumni Council News was pub- 
lished. The National Convention of the 
American Alumni Council was held at West 
Point, April 17-21. On the way to this con- 
vention. I stopped in Washington for a con- 
ference with the American Council on Edu- 
cation. It was at this convention that I 
retired as president only to become Direc- 
tor for Regional Conferences. April 30 
found the Commencement letter, the ballot 
for the alumnae member of the Board of 
Overseers, and a copy of the change in 
constitution, which was passed at the last 
annual meeting, on their way to the entire 
list of alumnae. 

On May 6-7 I attended, as a representa- 
tive of the American Alumni Council, the 
twentieth annual convention of the Ameri- 
can Council on Education. Our own Eliza- 
beth Franke Balls was attending this same 
convention, representing Sweet Briar Col- 
lege. On May 13 our president, Mrs. Val- 
entine, came from Richmond to speak at 
college convocation. Her subject was the 
""Sweet Briar Alumnae Association," and 
all of you would have been proud of the 
clear and spirited way in which she pre- 
sented the Association. Her gift as a pub- 
lic speaker was much commented upon, 
and the students pronounced it, without 
doubt, an outstanding convocation of the 
vear. While here Buffy, and also Dorothy 
Hamilton Davis, who was here at the same 
time for a conference on the Fund, met 
with many students holding important 
offices. President Glass conferred with us 
in regard to future plans. On May 15 a 


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June, 1937 

circular entitled "My Purchasing Plans for 
1937" was mailed to one thousand alumnae 
for the purpose of proving to the adver- 
tisers that the alumnae are interested in 
their Alumnae News. Our many thanks to 
those who answered this questionnaire 
promptly. It is extremely important to pay- 
attention to requests of this nature, as it is 
the only means that the advertiser has of 
knowing that the magazine in which his 
"ad" appears is really read and worth the 
expense. The sending of such question- 
naires is a chore for the office and we would 
not consider it if it were not worth while. 
We paid considerable attention to the geo- 
graphical distribution in mailing out this 
piece of literature, and sent it to most of 
our western clubs to prove to the advertiser 
that we have a wide distribution and that 
our alumnae are not all in the east. In the 
middle of the month we sent a special letter 
to former contributors of the Fund who at 
that time had not contributed for the cur- 
rent year. This letter went to some four 
hundred alumnae. A special letter was 
sent to eighty-two members of the associa- 
tion, and we mimeographed and mailed the 
chairman's last letter to the Fund Agents. 
For sometime it has been my custom to 
entertain, at a series of teas in the Cabin, 
the members of the senior class. This year 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae Club aided with 
this entertainment, and we gave the seniors 
a parly in the Faculty Club Room on the 
evening of May 21. We played the game 
"Do You Know Your College?" The game 
took the form of a test composed of fifty- 
two questions on the history of the college 
and facts about it every outgoing student 
should know. Prizes of Sweet Briar china 
and etchings of the Old Oak were given. 
The party was considered highly success- 
ful, being not only amusing but highly in- 
structive. The set of questions used will 
be printed in the October issue cf the 
Alumnae News. 

In addition to this history of the office, 
the monthly notices of Fund contributors 
have been sent to the Class Agents. A 
weekly conference with the student i eporter 
for the Sweet Briar News has been held 
regularly. The News has been most gen- 
erous in the space alloted to the Alumnae 
Association each week. 

One page of the 1937 Briar Patch is de- 
voted to the Alumnae Association, the gift 
of the class of 1938. 

The sale of china continues to be good. 
We regret the delay in the delivery of the 
china, but it cannot be avoided due to the 
fact we lack sufficient funds to keep a large 
stock of china on hand at our Boston ware- 

The office still has for sale about sixty 
sets of the new lithographs which were 
done by Lester B. Miller. It is hoped that 
these can be sold during the coming year. 

The sale of Daisy Dolls continues to be 

The detailed report of the Fund will be 
given by the chairman, Gertrude Prior, and 
the detailed report of the Alumnae Clubs 
will be given by the Director for Alumnae 
Clubs, Mary Macdonald Reynolds. 

The collection of soap coupons was dis- 
appointing, but not so disheartening that 
we plan to discontinue collecting them. So 
please continue to send in these coupons as 
fast as possible. 

Finally, I should like to take this oppor- 
tunity to thank all of you who have been 
so patient during the year over not receiv- 
ing too prompt answers to your inquiries. 
The mail for the American Alumni Council 
so congested the office that on some days it 
was impossible to attend to the regular 
office mail. Your understanding of the 
situation has been greatly appreciated by 
your secretary. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridge, 

Alumnae Secretary. 

June, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Alumnae Fund Report 1936-1937 

rOR the last two years, 1935-1937. the 
Alumnae Fund Committee has had as its 
main objective, that of extending further 
information about the Fund to the alumnae 
body. Since the Alumnae Fund is at the 
present time only four years old, it was felt 
that the third and fourth year of its exis- 
tence might well be spent on such a project. 

During the year 1935-1936 in pursuance 
of this educational progress, the October 
Alumnae Magazine carried a short but "to 
the point" article by the Publicity Chair- 
man. This article explained what the Fund 
is, what it does, and what it provides for 
the giver. A list of Class Agents was also 
included in this issue of the Magazine, 
which went to the complete alumnae body. 

The "Special Passport," which went out 
in December of 1935, though not specifi- 
cally designed as Fund publicity, neverthe- 
less carried a "Visa for the Alumnae 
Fund." This again explained what a con- 
tribution insured for the contributor, the 
least of which was "A gift to the college 
in the form of scholarship funds." This 
Passport carried a subscription blank. 

In March of 1937 "Dollars to the Cabin" 
went out as special Fund publicity, with the 
theme of "Your dollars roll to the Cabin 

for ", and here again what the fund 

does, headed by "Alumnae Scholarship Gift 
to the College." 

The Third Annual Report of the Fund 
was mailed out in September 1936 and 
showed that for the year 1935-36 there were 
736 contributors, twenty-six more than the 
preceding year, with about $2,600.00 con- 
tributed. This was an increase of almost 
$500.00 over the previous year. The report 
showed that seventy-two persons acted as 

With the belief that repetition is a factor 
in learning, the October magazine for 1936, 
under the caption "The Fund Enters Its 
Fourth Year," carried an article by the Pub- 
licity Chairman. This went into a short 
resume of the part alumnae have taken in 
the support of the college, first through in- 
dividual gifts and then through the dues 
system of the later organization. From 

this the reasons for the establishment of the 
Fund were outlined, with an explicit ac- 
count of how the Fund money is spent. 
The magazine carrying this article also 
went to all the alumnae regardless of mem- 
bership, and included a full list of Class 

During the fall "Open the Door to Schol- 
arships" was sent out. This was strictly in 
the interest of the Fund, and carried the 
scholarship appeal. The prologue told the 
"why" for scholarships, and then the "Pur- 
pose of the Fund," "How the Fund Works," 
and "Your Benefits." A subscription card 
was enclosed. 

In March of 1937 "The Spring Weather 
Forecast" was sent to all non-contributors. 

Nothing has been said of the work done 
aside from the general publicity that has 
been sent out from the Alumnae Office. The 
work done by the agents and sub-agents 
must also be included in such a report as 
this. For the past two years much the same 
general program has been planned for and 
carried out by the individual class agents. 
The program provided for a mimeographed 
letter from the agent to be sent out to all 
members of her class in October. This was 
to be followed at the end of October by a 
personal letter from a sub-agent. In No- 
vember, December, and March, personal 
letters were also to be sent by the sub-agent 
to non-contributors. 

This program in toto was not followed 
by every class agent. Many of the earlier 
classes did not use sub-agents and carried 
on their work in their small classes as they 
saw fit. In general, however, there were 
few class agent reports which did not state 
that at least four communications had been 
sent to each graduate and former contri- 
butor who at the time of writing had not 
contributed. Non-graduates who had never 
contributed to the Alumnae Association 
were in general contacted only once, that 
with the fall mimeographed letter. 

Special letters from the Fund Chairman 
went out in May of 1936 and 1937 to all 
persons who had once contributed but had 
not given at the time the letters were writ- 


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June, 1937 

ten. The Academy members were also sent 
a special mimeographed letter from the 
Fund Chairman in the fall of 1935 hut not 
1936. During the past month, because the 
gifts on May 1st hardly amounted lo what 
was contributed for 1935-36, with still the 
$500.00 extra in this year's budget to be 
met, special letters were written to eighty- 
two persons. These alumnae had already 
contributed this year but they were asked 
for an additional gift to meet the unex- 
pected emergency. It was with regret that 
this step was taken, but it was deemed 
necessary by the majority of the Fund com- 

A Fund Chairman's card file has been 
kept, aside from the file at the Alumnae 
Office. This file is kept up to date as to 
married name, address, and dale and 
amount ot contribution. During 1935-36 
this file was maintained by the Fund Chair- 
man, but during the past year entries have 
been made at the Alumnae Office. A com- 
plete correspondence file has also been 
kept by the Fund Chairman. This is di- 
vided by classes, and all correspondence 
between agents and chairman has been sys- 
tematically filed. 

The final result of this year's Fund can- 
not at the present time, June 7, be deter- 
mined, but will be made available in the 

Fund Report in the fall. However, there 
were ninety -eight acting sub-agents working 
this year. 

If anything has been accomplished for 
the Fund in the past two years it has first 
of all been the spreading of news of its 
purposes and its workings, and second, the 
agents and sub-agents have been more wide- 
ly informed and knit into a closer organi- 
zation. L'pon the foundation of these first 
four years, the Fund now should take root 
and begin to grow. 

I want to take a line or two to thank those 
who have helped carry on the Fund work 
for these two years. The Publicity Chair- 
man and the Assistant Fund Chairman have 
been most busy and able associates, as has 
our Alumnae Secretary. And as the agents 
have heard me say so many times before, 
they are the real backbone of our Fund 
organization. Without an efficient and in- 
terested group of agents and sub agents, 
very little can be accomplished. I pledge 
my thanks to that group of alumnae who 
have given the Fund so many hours of 
patient thought and work and who have 
given me such satisfactory and pleasurable 

Respectfully submitted, 
Gertrude Prior, 
Alumnae Fund Chairman, 

Report of the Director of Alumnae Clubs for 1936-1937 

IN ever before having been in a posi- 
tion of enough prominence to have to re- 
port my doings, I am at a loss to know how- 
to go about this. I don't know whether the 
report should be on what I have done or 
what the clubs have done. Being an ami- 
able soul and eager to please as many peo- 
ple as possible, I shall report both and 
hope everybody will be happy. 

The clubs have done splendid work this 
year, some of them in the face of serious 
obstacles. A study of their activities shows 
great variety, and in making; this report I 
shall tell of only a few clubs, to demon- 
strate the wide range of projects, rather 
than to list the accomplishments of all of 

The highlight of the year was the organi- 
zation of the Tidewater Club. I wish I 
could take credit for its organization, but 
to tell the truth I had nothing at all to do 
with it. This club sponsored a review by 
Alice Tunstall of "Gone With the Wind," 
and wet with colossal success. More power 
to this grand new club that should be such 
an inspiration to all of us. 

New York had the clever idea of form- 
ing a study group to inform themselves on 
conditions at Sweet Briar so they could 
represent Sweet Briar intelligently on Go 
to College Days. Baltimore had visiting 
lecturers on everything from marionettes 
to international relations. Charleston was 
lucky enough to have a Governor's lady 

June. 1931 

\u mnae News 


among its members, and had a silver tea 
in the West Virginia Governor's mansion. 
Denver wrote that they were planning to 
have mother and daughter meetings. The 
Twin Cities Club had a White Elephant 
sale, which must have been a lot of fun 
and certainly was a success. Roanoke 
brought the Sweet Briar dance group to 
that city for a recital with gratifying re- 

Add to these few examples the benefit 
bridges, the rummage sales, the dances, the 
indispensable Daisy Dolls of Cleveland — 
all the things that take so much time and 
effort and pay such good dividends — and 
you have a pretty good idea of the hum of 
activity that has been going on in the name 
of Sweet Briar. 

Unfortunately during the year one club 
disbanded, but I understand that plans are 
under way for the formation of at least 
one, and perhaps two, new clubs next 

Sweet Briar Day was held wherever 
there were enough girls to hold it. One 
group even set theirs up a few days be- 
cause the representative was leaving town 
and they wanted to be sure to have it. 

As for the Director — I have visited no 
clubs, made no speeches, but I certainly 
have written letters. Last June forty-nine 
coupon letters went out. In September, 
you may remember, I wrote seventy sepa- 
rate and distinct letters, and will probablv 
never get over it. Came the spring and I 
wrote again to all club presidents and rep- 
resentatives about the advertising question- 
naire in the magazine. This time I was 
smart enough to have them mimeographed. 

So — I close the year as I began it — with 
The Old Refrain — don't forget the soap 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mary Macdonald Reynolds. 
Director of Alumnae Clubs. 

Annual Meeting of the 

1 he annual meeting of the Sweet 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Association was call- 
ed to order by President Elizabeth Taylor 
Valentine, '23, at two o'clock on Monday 
afternoon, June 7, 1937, in Fletcher Audi- 

It was moved by Elizabeth Wood Mc- 
Mullan, '27, and seconded by Liza Guigon, 
'29, that the minutes of the last meeting 
stand approved as printed in the June, 1936 
issue of the Alumnae News. Motion car- 

The reports of the Alumnae Secretary, 
the Treasurer, the Alumnae Fund Chair- 
man and the Director for Alumnae Clubs 
were approved as read. 

President Valentine announced that Mar- 
garet Grant Schneider, '15, had been 
elected to serve as the next alumnae mem- 
ber of the Board of Overseers. 

President Valentine then explained the 
new financial plan which will go into ef- 
fect in the fall. Discussion followed as to 
what the funds from the Alumnae Fund 
and the Alumnae Clubs should be used for 
next year. During the discussion Marga- 

Sweet Briar Almunae 
June 1937 

ret Cruikshank, '37, explained that the 
students had been having soup one night 
a week, since February, and that the saving 
in money between soup and a regular din- 
ner was being used for the Auditorium 
Fund. Much applause greeted this an- 
nouncement and the alumnae commented 
on the fine spirit of the students. Finallv 
it was duly moved, seconded and carried 
that all funds raised for the year 1937- 
1938 be used for the Library of Sweet 
Briar College. 

The secretary was asked to explain the 
questionnaire that appeared in the March 
magazine and also the one that was sent 
to 1,000 alumnae in May. After the ex- 
planation the alumnae agreed to pay at- 
tention to such questionnaires as might 
reach them in the future because of the aide 
it gives the Alumnae News. 

Gertrude Dally, '22, asked if something 
could not be done about having the final 
play out doors from now on. It was ex- 
plained that because of the flood of com- 
plaints which all members of the Council 


Sweet Briar College 

June, 1937 

had received the Council at its meeting had 
instructed the secretary to take the matter 
up with the proper authorities. It was fur- 
ther explained that the Council wanted Mr. 
King, the director of the play, to know that 
they appreciated the excellence of the play, 
which was the only thing that kept them 
there in the hall, but that an outdoor play 
had been a tradition since the first year of 
the college and that it was hoped that next 
year a play might be selected with an idea 
of having it outdoors at commencement. 

The death of Jean Myers, '34, which oc- 
curred in January was announced. The 
secretary read a portion of the letter which 
she sent to every member of the class of 
1934. Jean was Class Agent and under 
her able guidance her class made a record 
for the Fund surpassed by no other class 
of 1934 in the United States. 

Margaret Grant Schneider, '15, asked if 
something could not be done to better in- 
struct the students and younger alumnae 
in the traditions of the college and also in 
the early history of the college. Peggy 
Carry, '35, president of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Club, went into some detail about 
the party which the club had given the 
seniors. Catherine Cordes Kline, '21, 
moved and Elmyra Pennypticker Coxe, 
'20, seconded the motion that a booklet or 
bulletin entitled "Traditions and History 
of Sweet Briar College" be compiled and 

printed and be made available for students 
and alumnae. It was thought that this 
might be one of the college bulletins and 
President Valentine said that she would 
discuss the question with Margaret Ban- 
ister, '16, Director of Public Relations. 

Ruth Kerr, '32, brought up the question 
of a new Alumnae Directory. After con- 
siderable discussion Elsetta Gilchrist, '27, 
moved and Madeline Brown Wood, '27, 
seconded the motion that until such time 
as the Alumnae Association has money for 
a new Directory the policy of printing in 
the Alumnae News the new addresses of 
the special reuning classes be adopted. 
Motion carried. Martha Hardesty, ex-'38, 
asked if these lists could be printed in the 
fall in order that class mates might have 
more time to work up their reunions. The 
present reuning classes asked that their 
lists appear in the June issue this year 
This was agreed upon and also it was 
agreed that in the future the lists of the 
special reuning classes would be printed in 
the October issue. 

Following special announcements, by 
the secretary, in regard to the banquet, the 
academic procession, and the movies, there 
being no further business, the meeting 
stood adjourned. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridge, 

Alumnae Secretory. 

Gifts to the College 1936-1937 

Carry Scholarships, two for $100.00 
each for 1937-1938. 

Letter of James Lane Allen to Miss 
Helen Knox, presented by her to the col- 

From Judge Frank H. Dunne, of San 

Dry Pom? — "Low Tide Waterloo 
Bridge," by Bond. 

Etching — "Boulevard St. Denis," by 

Etching — "Rouen," by Gichy. 

Oils — "The Bay of Saint Francis;" 

"Storm Clouds and Mesas — Ari- 
zona," by Martinez. 
25 original etchings, lithographs, and 
Woodcuts by American artists, from the 
Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Gifts to the Auditorium Fund: 

Student Government Ass'n $593.39 

Soup dinners, 1936-37 780.00 

Miscellaneous efforts 1936-37 286.60 

The Sweet Briar Y. W. C. A 300.00 

The Sweet Briar News 300.00 

The German Club 10.00 

The Class of 1937 595.68 

June, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Glimpses of Commencement, 1937 

By Charlotte Magoffin, '32 

1 o THOSE of you who didn't get back 
for Commencement because you either 
couldn't, or thought you didn't want to, the 
rest of us want to say that we're really sor- 
ry, because you missed a lot of fun. To 
the hundred odd of us who did come back, 
all I can say is: isn't Sweet Briar still the 
grandest place you know? 

Festivities were clouded for us by the 
fact that Miss Glass was unable to be with 
us or take part in any of our gatherings. 
We missed her, but we thoroughly under- 
stood her absence and offer her our heart- 
felt sympathy. 

The week-end started with a flourish 
at the Garden Party in Boxwood Circle on 
Saturday afternoon. It was a lovely party: 
everyone looked her best, and this year's 
crop of graduates is truly an attractive 
group. The dresses were up to the minute, 
the ice was delicious, and one of the high 
spots of the party was the enormous bou- 
quet of larkspur, phlox, and roses in the 
center of the table, flanked by bowls of 
waterlilies. The heavens tried to give us 
rain a few minutes before hand, but didn't 
succeeded very well, and no one minded. 

Saturday night, Paint and Patches gave 
us "Pride and Prejudice," and did it splen- 
didly. The girls are much better than 
most amateur groups, and were perfectly 
cast. The leads quite cast a spell over their 

Baccalaureate services Sunday morning 
were particularly good. The Reverend 
Henry Hallam Tweedy, of Yale, delivered 
the sermon, putting before the seniors in a 
concise and comprehensible manner that 
even they commented on, the futility of an 
"I can't do it" attitude. Mr. Finch's choir, 
which improves every year, sounded quite 

In the afternoon, there was step-singing, 
of course. The undergraduates had sev- 
eral new songs we hadn't heard before, as 
well as the traditional "We're a-rollin'," 
"When the Blue Ridge Mountains," etc., 
through which the Alums kept up rather an 
amusing sotto voce humming, just to feel 
in the swing. 

The class of '32 went off by itself very 
exclusively to Mrs. Wills for supper, where 
the members sat around and told each other 
comfortingly that they didn't look a day 
older, and that five years aren't nearly as 
long as they sound, when you come back 
and see all the old pals again. 

The class of 1917 was entertained at 
dinner that night by Bertha Pfister Wailes. 

That evening, Miss Crawford gave an 
extremely good lecture on "A Philosophical 
Approach." She took up various phases 
of everyday life which ought to be ap- 
proached philosophically — the common- 
place, people with whom we associate, in- 
ternational relations, and religion, and ex- 
panded on the subjects, showing just how 
they should be treated philosophically. 
This lecture was the first of a series to be 
given every Commencement season by some 
member of the faculty as sort of a "gradu- 
ate college" and started the series off most 

Lantern Night went off melodiously — 
the usual two or three lanterns caught fire 
and had to be stamped out feverishly by 
frenzied sophomores. 

The college luncheon on Monday, for 
Alumnae, Seniors and fond parents, was 
another successful affair. It gave us our 
best chance, amid chicken salad, fancy 
sandwiches, and macaroon ice cream, of 
seeing all the faculty friends and members 
of the community that we might otherwise 
only have glimpsed. 

After the luncheon, the Alumnae held its 
annual meeting, with heated discussions 
brought on by the inference that present 
students were woefully ignorant of a good 
share of Sweet Briar tradition. The seniors 
present rose up to defend themselves, we 
groped around to find whom to blame, and 
the meeting ended amicably with the con- 
clusion that our sentiment over tradition 
is caused by age, so that the apparent ig- 
norance among the students is not as tragic 
as it sounds. 

Monday night's banquet given by the 
Alums for the seniors was "swell" (for- 
give the word: it's so expressive). The 
— Turn to page 27 


Alumnae News 

June, 1937 

Alumnae Returning for Commencement, 1937 


Adella Page 

Eraa Driver Anderson 


Eugenia Griffin Burnett 
Claudine Hutter, Ex 
Frances Murrell Rickards 
Annie Powell Hodges 

Mary Virginia Parker 


Elizabeth Franke Balls 


Claudine Griffin Holcomb, Ex 


Margaret Grant Schneider 
Frances Pennypacker 


Margaret Banister 
Mary Pennypacker Davis 


Mary Bissel Ridler 
Henrietta Crump 
Dorothy Crammer Kiauter. Ex 
Rachel Lloyd Holton 
Ruth Mcllravy Logan 
Elsie Palmer Parkhurst, Ex 
Bertha Pfistcr Wailes 
Elizabeth Spahr Lytle, Ex 


Vivienne Barkalou Breckenridge 
Margaret McVey 

Rosanne Gilmore 


Elmyra Pennypacker Coxe 
Isabel Webb' Luff 


Catherine Cordes Kline 

Gertrude Dally 
Margaret Menk West 
Margaret Mierke Rossiter 


Elizabeth Taylor Valentine 

Kathryn Klumph McGuire 


Jane Cunningham 
Dorothy Hamilton Davis 


Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels 
Jeanette Boone 
Madeline Broivn Wood 
Elsetta Gilchrist 
Margaret Lovett 
Elise Morley Fink 
Florence Shortau Poland 
Nar Warren Taylor 
Constance Van Ness 
Mildred Wilson Garnett 
Elizabeth Wood McMullan 


Lisa Guigon 
Rosa Heath, Ex 
Gertrude Prior 
Amelia Hollis Scott 


Marion Bromfteld Verner 
Martha Lee Poston 


Fanny O'Brian Hettrick 
Nancy Worthington 


Henrietta Bryan 
Alice Dabney Parker 
Eleanor Franke 
Suzanne Gay, Ex 
Mildred Gibbons 
Elizabeth Hun McAllen, Ex 
Ruth Ken- 
Mildred Larimer 
Charlotte Magoffin 
Betty Allen Magruder 
Susan Marshall Timberlake 

Helen Nightingale Gleason 
Martha O'Brien, Ex 
Mary Moore Pancake 
Marcia Patterson 
Edith Bailey 
Ruth Remon Wenzel 
Elizabeth Uber 
Marjorie Ward Cross 

Frances Powell Zoppa 


Charlotte Lee Lauck, Ex 
Martha Lou Lemmon 
Elizabeth Scheuer 
Bonnie Wood 


Peggy Carry- 
Virginia Gott 
Mary Louise Saul Hunt 


Frances Bacon, Ex 

Lillian Cabell 

Ruth Gilliam Viar 

Capel Grimes 

Mary Himes 

Abigail Lesnick 

Catherine Mitchell Ravenscroft 

Elizabeth Morton 

Katherine Niles Parker 

Logan Phiuizy 

Margaret Smith Thomasson 

Aline Stump 

Elizabeth Wall 

Came Marshall Young 

Mary Agnes Young 


Carol Fox 
Martha Hardesty 
Marion Leggett Case 
Kitty O'Brien 
Elizabeth Thomas 
Marjorie Thomas 

Marion Martyn Cabell 

Kitty Lawder 

June, 1937 

A i.i mnae News 


The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 

.Nancy Nalle, of Charlotte, North 
Carolina, was the recipent this year of the 
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. During 
her four years at Sweet Briar Nancy has 
shown herself to be a leader in her aca- 

demic work, in extra-curricular activities, 
and in the spiritual life of the college. 
Each year she has held an important of- 
fice in her class and in student government. 
She was president of Student Government 
thi^ year. 

Sweet Briar is one of twenty Southern 
colleges privileged to confer the Sullivan 
award, established by the Southern Society 
of New York in honor of its first president. 
Miss Glass said "Mr. Sullivan was a man 
who pre-eminently interested himself in his 
fellow-men and showed such gracious qual- 
ities of spirit as to influence many people 
to a keener appreciation and exemplifica- 
tion of these qualities in their own lives." 

Miss Glass presented the Sullivan Medal- 
lion with the following citation: 

Nancy Porter Nalle — admired and 
beloved by Sweet Briar students, acknowl- 
edged by them to be an influence on them 
all for high ideals and for approaching 
these, because in your life here you are an 
unconscious source of good will and kind- 
liness, I confer upon you the Algernon 
Sydney Sullivan Award for encouragment 
in such living to you and to those who 
know you. 

Honors Awarded At Commencement June 8, 1937 

Miss Ellen Lee Snodgrass. Economics 
and Sociology, summa cum laude. 

Miss Anne Carter Lauman. Physics and 
Mathematics with High Honors in Physics, 
magna cum laude. 

Miss Nancy Porter Nalle. History, 
magna cum laude. 

Miss Isabel Louise Olmstead, Psychol- 
ogy, magna cum laude. 

Miss Janet Anna Bogue, Greek and 
Latin, cum laude. 

Miss Anna Mary Charles, Economics 
and Sociology, cum laude. 

Miss Barbara Lee Jarvis, French cum 

Miss Dorothy Helen Price. Psychology, 
cum laude. 

Miss Anna Law T rence Redfern. English. 
cum laude. 

Miss Elizabeth Cleveland Williams, 
History, cum laude. 

Departmental Honors 

Miss Anne C. Lauman, Portsmouth, New 
Hampshire. High Honors in Physics. 

Miss Marie Alden Walker, Woodberry 
Forest, Virginia. Honors in History. 

Honor Scholarships 

To the Highest Ranking Members of Junior, 
Sophomore and Freshman Classes: 

Junior Class — Miss Dorothy Caroline 
Gipe. Toledo. Ohio. 

Sophomore Class — Miss Sarah Allison 
Tarns, Tams, West Virginia. 

Freshman Class I Tie I — Miss Rosemary 
Annette Bjorge, Lead, South Dakota, Miss 
Clara Reed MacRae. Shanghai. China. 


Sweet Briar College 

June, 1937 

Graduates of the Class of 1937 






Name and Address 

Ball, Elizabeth Carter 

Bay View, Rehoboth Church; Virginia 

Bogue, Janet Anna 
638 Overhill Road, 

Ardmore, Pennsylvania 

Bradley, Margaret 

Glendower, Albemarle County, Virginia 

Carter, Gurley 

310 West Charles Street, Hammond, Loui- 

A.B. Oauthorn, Nina Booth 

605 Peak Street, Bedford, Virginia 

A.B. Charles, Anna-Mary 

1024 Woods Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsyl- 

B.S, Clark, Martha Louise 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

A.B. Cochran, Mary Jacquelin 

7 Woodland Terrace, Jefferson Park, Alex- 
andria, Virginia 

A.B. Collins, Jane 

Meridian, Mississippi 

A.B. Cornwell, Margaret Virginia 

536 Overhill Drive, University City, Mis- 

A.B. Cruikshank, Margery Allen 

115 Holly Street, Cranford, New Jersey 

A.B. Deringer, G'riselda 

3327 80th Street, Jackson Heights, New 

A.B. Douglass. Rebecca 

1337 Princess Anne Road, Norfolk, Virginia 
A.B. Eshleman, Kathleen Legendre 

722 Lowerline Street, New Orleans, Loui- 
A.B. Frueauff, Mary Helen 

12 East 86th Street, New York City, New 

A.B. Gore, Lucy Sasscer 

29 Bogart Avenue, White Plains, New York 
A.B. Gort, Faith Marie 

3920 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 
A.B. Gruber, Marv Elsie 

2316 20th Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. 
A.B. Hall, Rosalie Muriel 

75 Roxbury Road, Garden City, New York 
A.B. Hardin, Ethel Virginia 

660 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 
A.B. Hopkins, Natalie South worth 

37 Warren Place, Montclair, New Jersey 
A.B. Jarvis, Barbara Lee 

102 East Dudley Avenue, Westfield, New 

A.B. Johnson, Frances Marie 

1500 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 
A.B. Kemp, Frances Vernon 

714 Court Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 
A.B. Kirkpa trick, Sara Haley 

105 Lee Circle, Lynchburg, Virginia 
A.B. Lambert, Lillian Latimer 

1536 E. 20th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 
A.B. Lambeth, Mary Johnson 

Thomasville, North Carolina 
A.B. Lauman, Anne Carter 

Quarters M, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Xew 

A.B. Lee, Elizabeth 

2301 Hopedale Avenue, Charlotte, North 
















Florence, South 

Degree Name and Address 

A.B. Lemmon, Anne 

224 Church Street, Sumter, South Carolina 

A.B. Lewis, Margaret Elliott 

2 East Lawn, University, Virginia 

A.B. Lucas, Natalie Bettis 

405 South Coit Street, 

MacRae, Margaret Duncan 

49 Rue Moliere, Shanghai, China 
Minder, Mai'garetha Kimmerle 

10 South Centre Street, South Orange, 
New Jersey 

Munn, Barbara Anne 

874 Grove Street, Glencoe, Illinois 

Nalle, Nancv Porter 

906 South College Street, Charlotte, North 

Neve, Helen Cooch 

Ivy Depot, Virginia 
Newby, Eddina Eugenia 

122 West Sears, Denison, Texas 

Olmstead, Isabel Louise 

Plum Tree Lane, Hempstead, Long Island, 
New York 

Paris, Mary Ivylyn 

50 Plaza Street, Brooklyn, New York 
Price, Dorothy Helen 

3407 North Hilton Road, Baltimore, Mary- 
Prout, Dorothy Elizabeth 

406 Sixth Avenue, Ashbury Park, New 

Rea, Helen 

333 Otis Street, West Newton, Massachu- 

Redfern, Anna Lawrence 

Algonquin Park, Norfolk, Virginia 

Sandridge, Margaret Clark 

Amherst, Virginia 
Shaffer, Mary Katherine 

Cass, West Virginia 
Shaw, Harriet VanderVeer 

221 Highbrook Avenue, Pelham, New York 
Sicard, Elizabeth Hallam 

Barneveld, New York 

Silvester, Marjorie Eleanor 
205 East 69th Street, 
New York 

New York City, 

Snodgrass, Ellen Lee 

2909 33rd Place, N. W 

., Washington, D. C. 
Philadelphia, Penn- 

Stewart, Dorothy May 
4622 Osage Avenue, 

Walker, Marie Alden 

Woodberry Forst, Virginia 
Ward, Elinor Margaret 

2739 Green Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio 

Weston, May Robinson 

31 Chelsea Place, East Orange, New Jersey 

Williams, Elizabeth Cleveland 

213 North Street, Greenvile, South Carolina 

Williamson, Helen Schaeffer 

1103 Wheatland Avenue, Lancaster, Penn- 

June. 1937 

Alumnae News 


Glimpses of Commencement, June, 1937 

(Continued from page 23) 
reuning classes, 1917, 1927, and 1932, and 
1936, all had tables around the wall in the 
Refectory, and the senior guests of honor 
sat at tables in the center. Alice Dabney 
Parker, '32, chairman of the reunion, acted 
as toastmistress, introducing all the reun- 
ing classes and the seniors. Elizabeth Tay- 
lor Valentine, '23, our president; Eliza- 
beth Franke Balls, '13, and Margaret Grant 
Schneider, '15, all spoke very briefly, and 
Dean Dutton welcomed us back to Sweet 
Briar, and bade the graduating class God- 

The principal speaker for the banquet 
was Mr. Dabney Lancaster, who has been 
at Sweet Briar since February, as exe- 
cutive secretary to the Board of Overseers. 
He spoke to us on the possibilities and 
potentialities of Sweet Briar, a subject that 
will always strike a responsive note in the 
Alumnae, and I think after hearing him 
speak that every member present heartily 

approved of him in his official capacity. 

Then on Tuesday morning came Com- 
mencement, with the excellent speech of Dr. 
Hocking of Harvard, the conferring of de- 
grees, and everything was over for 1937. 

There are so many things about Sweet 
Briar and this reunion that will stick in 
our memories: the wonderful spicy smell 
of the boxwoods, the honeysuckle covering 
the fences on the way up from the gate, 
the Browsing Room, the cute new patio- 
effect at the side of the Inn, the much-im- 
proved meals, the pouring rain that just 
did stop in time before the banquet . . . 
and on and on. We had such a good time 
holding old-fashioned gumming sessions in 
the middle of the night in Reid, that the 
rest of the college couldn't sleep Sunday 

And now we're waiting for another 
chance to come back. Here's to more and 
bigger reunions . 

we approve of 'em 


You will be near the Capitol, the 
Library of Congress, Folger Shake- 
speare Library and Supreme Court. 
Within easy distance of Theatre and 
Shopping Districts. 

Located Within the Shadow of the 
Capitol's Dome 

Single Rooms . . . $2 to $5 

Double Rooms . . . $4 to $8 

Including Full Hotel Service 

Without Tips 


N. Capitol and E Streets, N. W. 
Washington, D. C. 
An Abbott Hotel 

Write for booklet "How to Spend a Day 
or Week in Washington" 


Alumnae 1\ews 

June, 1937 

Class Personals 

(Editor's Note: At the request of the special reuning classes the list of their graduates with 
correct addresses appear in their respective places in the Class Personals. ) 


Mary Bissell (Mrs. Earl Ridler), 608 Lindsey Road, 
Bellevxie, Delaware. 

Henrietta Crump, 1401 Hanover Avenue, Richmond, 

Martha Darden (Mrs. Richard Ziesiug), 611 Wins- 
ford Road, Byrn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 

Jane Henderson, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, 

Rachel Lloyd (Mrs. Hoyt S. Holton), 2318 Dens- 
more Drive, Toledo, Ohio. 

Ruth Mcllravy (Mrs. Western Logan), 317 Sea 
View, Piedmont, California. 

Bertha Pfister (Mrs. Benjamin Wailes), Sweet Briar, 

Inez Skillern (Mrs. Walter H. Reller), 921 E. Wash- 
ington, Street, Boise, Idaho. 

Gene Morgan Steele (Mrs. J. Allison Hardy), R. F. 
D., Columbus, Mississippi. 

Mary Whitehead, Amherst, Virginia. 


Class Secretary, Maynette Rozelle Stephen- 
son (Mrs. James A.), 1220 Hillcrest Road, South 
Bend, Indiana. 

Maynette wrote asking me to send in some 
news for '21 as her mother had recently died and 
she just couldn't do it. The class extends its 
sympathy to her at this time. 

I am about to move to Terre Haute, Indiana, 
and as this is my first move. I feel as though I 
was about to have a major operation. However, 
I do hope to contact some of the "Western Gals,'' 
so we may be breezing into the Briar on Branches 
some one of these days. 

At Christmas I had a card from Fran Simpson 
with a picture of her new house — why, I say house 
— it should be mansion. It is very charming and 
I can see no reason why she doesn't have a class 
reunion there. 

Chuck was in Dover, Delaware, all fall and I 
almost got to stay with the Lettes for a week- 
end but something always seemed to happen to 
send me in another direction. Maybe it was my 
anxiety over election. All that energy lost — so 
lately I've been working for the "Control and 
Cure of Cancer." 

Saw Rhoda Allen's mother last summer. She 
is just as young and attractive as ever. From 
Rhoda's pictures she still looks like our beautiful 
May Queen — although I understand her young 
son throws her off her dignity occasionallv. 

Mirian Thompson Winne is well, although she 
lost her father this winter. I know eveiyone will 
remember him as giving us our last intellectual 
"bit" in our Commencement address. 

I wish I knew more about more people. It 
would be grand if you'd do the unexpected and 
send in some news of yourselves. 

Marion Shafer Wadham. 


Class Secretary, Burd Dickson Stevenson 
(Mrs. Frederick J.), 608 Maple Lane, Shields, 

Margaret Mierke was married June 9 in New 
York to Mr. Gilbert L. Rossiter. After a wedding 
trip, they will live at 14401 Milverton Road, Cleve- 
land, Ohio 

A lettter from Linchen George has a paragraph 
about her activities since leaving Sweet Briar. 
This is quoted as follows: "In case anyone should 
be interested in my activities in all this while 
since leaving college. I taught school for a few 
years in North Carolina and Florida; then studied 
Interior Decorating and did secretarial work in 
New : York for a time. I also did my father's 
secretarial work in the Cotton Mill and Bond 
Business from time to time. For the last three 
years, since my father's death, I have just been 
at home most of the time. We have been making 
our home in Hickory since then too." 


Class Secretary, LaVern McGee Olney (Mrs. 
Alfred C, Jr.), 425 C Avenue, Coronado, Cali- 
Dear "23: 

This is my swan song, as I warned you in my 
cards. My husband got a week's leave very un- 
expectedly so we left on a few day's notice for a 
nice visit with Peg and Francis Brown at their 
lovely summer home at the Rio del Mar Country 
Club on Monterey Bay, California. We are hav- 
ing a grand time, playing golf every day on a 
very grand, but oh, how hilly a golf course! Woe 
to my poor sore legs! Peg has had another job 
added to her many activities. She is on the Girl 
Scout Council of Stockton (their home town) and 
had a lovely day in San Francisco last week at a 
meeting and luncheon of the State Girl Scout 
Councils. Tomorrow she and I are driving to San 
Francisco to shop in the morning, and to Berkeley 
for a luncheon, mainly because I cannot bear to 
get this close to that grand city without driving 
into it. We will drive across the Oakland bridge, 
which was opened last fall, and will see the 
Golden Gate one completed, as it will be opened 
the next day. 

You all may have me surprised greatly when I 
return home on Sunday — If so, I will dash an air- 
mail P. S. off to this letter if you send me any 

I had a most interesting letter from Dorothy 
Derby Stevens from Tucson, Arizona, where 
she and her husband have been spending the 
winter. When they were first married they lived 
in Lisbon, and she wrote of their life over there, 

June, 1937 

Sweet Briar College 


and it was most fascinating. She hopes to come 
to Coronado this summer, and I am looking for- 
ward to seeing her. Her letter also got left home 
in my hurried departure, so I can't go into many 

As for myself, I am resigning here and how. 
I think five years is long enough to have to read 
the same person's writings, particularly wher 
that person does not have a flair for writing! I 
have only missed one issue — and the letter went 
that time — but was just a wee bit late. Our re- 
union, our 15th if you please, will he next June, 
and I think we should have a secretary closer to 
the scene of action to put some "pep and go" 
into the letters, and also someone who will be 
there next year. I wish I thought 1 could be there 
myself, but it's a far piece from the west coast 
to the east coast. 

Al is "going to sea" for three years this next 
month in a big patrol plane squadron. It is a 
big sea plane squadron like the ones that have 
been flying to Honolulu lately. His home base will 
be still at Coronado, but he will be away on vari- 
ous trips, such as Seattle, all summer, and LaVern 
and I are going too whenever we can. 

Many thanks to all of you who have been nice 
enough to help me out with news, and I promise 
the next secretary, luck to her, to "report in" 
each time even if it is just to say howdy. 
Your resigning secretary, 

LaVern McGee Olney. 

P. S. Only two cards in answer to the thirty- 
nine I sent out. Lorna Weber Dowling from 
Cleveland wrote that the only news she had was 
that Jane Guignard Thompson had moved back 
to Columbia, South Carolina (1224 Pickens 
Street ) , to live. I know how delighted you, Jane, 
and Broadus are. 

The other card was from Marie Klooz in New 
York City. One exam and freedom for her Civil 
Service exam. She said that Bernice Atkins, who 
was in the Post Office at Sweet Briar when we 
were at college, had just sailed for South America 
to visit her brother. Also she wrote that Miss 
Grace Lewis had gone off on a three month trip 
to Europe. 

Many thanks Lorna and Marie. 

Class Secretary, Jane Becker Clippincer (Mrs. 
John C 1,1263 Hayward Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Dear Twenty- Fivers: 

My apologies for not getting cards to you this 
time. The wear and tear of building a house and 
trying to move is too much for your poor old 
secre'ary. Incidentally my address after June 1st 
will be 1263 Hayward Avenue, Cincinnati. 

I had an awfully nice letter from Helen Treman 
Spalir, who like so many of us is heavily involved 
in her household and tearing after her six year 
old son. She says she manages to squeeze in 
some club work — and being vice-president and 
chairman of membership keeps her busy. While 
in Chicago she met Mary Reed Hartshorn and 
her young lady — Mary Ann — all on a several days' 
shopping tour. While in Chicago on business 
He'en's husband met Ruth Pratt Martin's hus- 
band. Ruth is living in Wilmette — not far from 



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Helen. Thanks for the letter, Helen. 

Deedie Kirkendall Buckman should certainly 
take first place as '25's prize traveler. When she 
wrote, she had just returned from a 8,500 mile 
trip. She left on the 8th of January for Wilkes- 
Barre where she saw Dorene Brown Humphrey 
and Romayne Schooley Ferenbach — who, says 
Deedie, are "the same as ever." Dorothy Benn 
Morgan had also been visiting in Wilkes-Barre, 
but Deedie just missed her. After her visit there 
she was joined by her husband and some friends 
and drove to New York. She had a couple of 
hours with Sue Hager Rohrer in Lancaster and 
saw her three boys. Alas! says Deedie — no 
Sweet Briar material! Then on to Baltimore. 
Richmond and Williamsburg — about which 
Deedie is most enthusiastic and urges us all to 
put it on our "must see" list. Then on the way 
west through Danville, Charlotte, Atlanta, New 
Orleans, San Antonio, but attempts to get in 
touch with any old Sweet Briar girls were with- 
out success. However, Deedie and her two boys 
plan to come east again in June, so perhaps she 
will have better luck next time. One of her 
closest friends in Yakima is Marjorie DuShane 
Stedman from Sweet Briar. She sends her love 
to everyone. Her address is Box 263. Yakima. 


Alumnae News 

June, 1937 

Fran Burnett Mellen had a grand trip to Florida 
this winter. She took her little girl, Man' Anne, 
who, says Fran, kept her very much "on the go." 
She and her husband are planning a trip to Wil- 
liamsburg with a stop-off in Cincinnati — so per- 
haps the. next time I can give you the real 

I hope you all have perfectly wonderful sum- 
mers — and that you will write to me about them 
so that we may all share them with you. 

Jane Clippinger. 

Amy Williams Hunter has a son, John, born 
on Washington's birthday in Plymouth, England. 


Class Secretary, Margaret Malone McClem- 
ents (Mrs. James B., Jr.), 5640 Aylesboro 
Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Another year seems to have passed by in a 
hurry and now its eleven years since we went 
around swinging lanterns and step-singing and 
feeling so sad about leaving Sweet Briar. Each 
year brings news of our class and life being 
what it is — along with good news must come the 
sad as well. We record with deep sorrow the 
death of Irma Pritchard Wethersby in Memphis 
on March the 3rd from pneumonia. She leaves 
her husband, Frank Wethersby, and her two 

Martha Bachman McCoy's father, Senator 
Nathan L. Bachman, of Tennessee, died suddenly 
in Washington on April 23rd. We send our 
sympathy to both families. 

And to turn to news of a pleasant kind. Betty 
Moore Rusk has a baby daughter, Gwendolyn, 
her second child, born in April. 

Mildred Lovett's engagement to Dr. William 
Edwin Matthews of Logan, West Virginia, has 
been announced and they will be married late in 
June. The wedding is to be a small one at 
home, so you can't go, any of you. 

Mildred Gribble Seiler has a daughter, Gloria 
Anne, seven years old, and a heart of gold for 
sending me a great assortment of news and ad- 
dresses. Mildred lives in Savannah and met 
Miss Glass for the first time at the A. A. U. W. 
convention there. She felt very proud of her, as 
all of us do. Ruth Will Beckh has three small 
daughters, and Priscilla Noll Keyes has two chil- 
dren. Priscilla lives in Seattle, Washington. 
Virginia Mack Senter has a son named Billy, and 
teaches school in Chattanooga. 

Louise Fuller was married on Jaunary 30th to 
Russell Freeman in Fargo, North Dakota. This 
gives you a rough idea of how long it takes 
news to reach me. 

Dottie Hamilton Davis returned from a New 
\ork trip to find her home completely ransacked. 

Martha and Lody Page visited in Pittsburgh 
in April. 

Dot Keller IlifF continues to be very busy. 
She skii-ed all winter, did three kinds of Junior 
League social work, had her tonsils out in March, 
managed a Sweet Briar raffle, made $100, and 

was elected President of the Sweet Briar Club. 
Another two years in Denver and she'll be mayor. 
Mew White stopped to visit Dot on her way 
back from California. Mew was in Santa Barbara 
this winter with her father. 

The present class statistics, which I do not 
guarantee, are as follows: of the 66 graduates, 
52 are married (33 of the marrieds have 62 
children), 9 have positions of various kinds, 1 is 
studying. Am I boring you? 

Cornelia Wailes Wailes was called back sud- 
denly from her home in Brussels because of the 
serious illness of her father. He is improving 
now and Cornelia has gone back to Belgium. 

Dot Bailey Hughes' father has also been very 
sick and Kenny, her oldest boy, has had two con- 
cussions. Dot has had one of the busiest little 
two years on record. 

Ellen Newell Bryan has another daughter, 
Mary Lane Bryan, born in December. Ellen is 
head of the Girl Scouts of Atlanta. 

Mary Louise Price Beckman has a daughter, 
Caroline, who is eight years old. They live in 
San Antonio, Texas. And Serena Giesecke Hard- 
ing has two children, and is head of the Sweet 
Briar group there. 

Wanda Jensch Harris has moved, but has not 
revealed her new address. She and the baby are 
going to Wisconsin for the summer. 

Our personal plans for the summer depend en- 
tirely on the Old Gold Contest. If we win, we 
buy a yacht and go to Tahiti. If not, we will, 
as usual, take our four little white hopes up to 
Lake Erie in June, lock up their shoes, and live 
in squalor all summer. 

I can't give you any Commencement news ex- 
cept that Kitty and Edna aren't going and that's 
news. This is the first one they've missed. So 
we'll have to leave the rest of it until fall and 
let it cool off. 

Margaret Malone McClements. 

Margaret Banner is manager of a book shop in 

Anne Maybank Cain has a son, William Lown- 
des, Jr., born on February 19. 

Kay Norris Kelley has been elected a mem- 
ber of the Board of Managers of the College Club 
of Boston. 


Eleanor Albers (Mr. Thomas P. Folz), 900 N. 12th 

Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas. 
Camilla Alsop (Mrs. Edwin Hyde), Meadow Street, 

Richmond, Virginia. 
Martha Ambrose (Mrs. Martha Nunally), 958 S. 

Willetta Street, Memphis, Tennessee. 
Evelyn Anderson (Mrs. Richard Tull), 1911 Grape 

Street, Denver, Colorado. 
Ruth Aunspaugh (Mrs. Frank Daniels), 1515 Glen- 
wood Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina. 
Elizabeth Bachman (Mrs. Kendrick Hardcastle), 307 

33rd Ave., N., Nashville, Tennessee. 
Jeanette Boone, Sweet Briar, Virginia. 
Laura Bovnton (Mrs. Julius Mott Rawlins), 3027 

Wheeling Street, El Paso, Texas. 
Janie Rice Brown (Mrs. Frank Hood, Jr.), Please 

may we have correct address 1 
Madeline Brown (Mrs. McFarland Wood), 1254 E. 

7th, Hopkinsville, Kentucky. 
Daphne Bunting (Mrs. Paul Klopstock, Jr.), Please 

may we have correct address 1 

June. 1937 

Sweet Briar College 


Elisabeth Cates (Mrs. George H. Collins). 125 E. 

63rd Street, New York City, New York. 
Marian K. Chuff ee, 395 Swarthmore Avenue, Swarth- 

more, Pennsylvania. 
Mary Close (Mrs. Harrison F. Gleason, Jr..), 5874 

Aylesboro Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
Pauline Cloud, Hamlet, North Carolina. 
Louise Collins (Mrs. Edward J. Schroeder, Jr.), 137 

Pine Grove Avenue, Summit, New Jersey. 
Carolyn R. Compton, 2408 Drnmmond Street, Vicks- 

burg, Mississippi. 
Dorothy Conaghan (Mrs. Wm. J. Bennet), 2432 

Kenilworth Road, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland, 

Elizabeth Council, Hickory, North Carolina. 
Elizabeth Cox. 2100 Confederate Place, Louisville, 

Margaret Cramer, 2596 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleve- 
land. Ohio. 
Virginia Davies (Mrs. J. E. Nettles), 3414 Monu- 
ment Avenue, Richmond, Va. 
Esther Dickinson (Mrs. Buckley C. Robbins), Please 

mav we have correct address ? 
Margaret Eaton (Mrs. Robert Murphy), 1160 5th 

Avenue, New York Citv, New York 
Eleanor Ervin (Mrs. C. C. Bullock). Spring Hill 

P. O., Mobile, Alabama. 
Alice Eskesen (Mrs. Edwin Ganzel), 155 N. Euclid 

Avenue, Westfield, New Jersev. 
Elizabeth Forsythe, 3215 Cliff Road, Birmingham, 

DoTothy Garland (Mrs. Harold Gustavsou), 152 

Berkeley Place. Brooklyn, New York. 
Elsetta Gilchrist. 6515 York Road, Parma Heights, 

Cleveland, Ohio. 
Janet Green (Mrs. Sheaffe Joslyn), 117 S. Dawson 

Street, Uhriehsville, Ohio. 
Margaret Green (Mrs. Henry W. Runyon, Jr.), 39 

Bedford Avenue, Summit, New Jersey. 
Claire Hanner (Mrs. Wiley Arnold), 124 Lafayette 

Drive, Atlanta, Georgia. 
Hilda Harpster, 409 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, 

S*arah L. Jamison, 802 Providence Road, Charlotte, 

North Carolina. 
Catherine Johnson (Mrs. T. Hall Brehme. Jr.), 2012 

Mt. Roval Terrace, Baltimore, Marvland. 
Emily Jones (Mrs. H. H. Hodge), c/o Mrs. J. B. 

Miles, Jr., 202 Breks Lane, Wilmington, Del- 
Margaret Leigh (Mrs. Robert B. Hobbs), Brookland- 

ville, Maryland. 
Margaret Lovett, ''Gray Gables,"' Huntington, YYest 

Ruth Lowrance (Mrs. Gordon P. Street), 519 Arca- 
dia Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 
Elizabeth Luck (Mrs. Hall Hammond), Stevenson, 

Janet MacKain (Mrs. Albert Allen), 52 Harvard 

Street, Montclair, New Jersey. 
Rebecca Manning, 320 East 42nd Street, New York 

Citv, New York. 
Elizabeth Mathews (Mrs. H. A. Wallace, Jr.), 49 

Pathrop Street, Binghamton, New York. 
Theodora P. Maybank, 68 Meeting Place, Charleston, 

South Carolina. 
Mary Meade (Mrs. William Bailey), 107 West Monu- 
ment, Baltimore, Marvland. 
Elizabeth Miller (Mrs. Russell Allen). No. 2 Beek- 

man Place, New York Citv, New York. 
Millieent Milligan (Mrs. W. H. Hitchman), 1421 

Linden Avenue, Glendale, California. 
Mary Montague (Mrs. Holmes C. Harrison). 2516 

Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. 
Elise Morley (Mrs. G. R. Fink), 17 Cioverly Road, 

Grosse Point Farms, Michigan. 
Gretchen Orr (Mrs. Henry Swift), 464 Terrace 

Road, S*an Antonio, Texas. 
.Anna Patton, 911 E. Terrace. Chattanooga, Ten- 
Pauline Payne, 233 Kevin Place, Toledo; Ohio. 
Vivian Plumb (Mrs. Samuel C. Palmer, Jr.), Plumb- 
stead, Terrvville, Connecticut. 
Elva Quisenberry (Mrs. W. M. Marks. Jr.), 112 

Lexington Road, Montgomery. Alabama. 
Robins Rich (Mrs. Howard Adams, Jr.), R. F. D., 

Elkridge, Maryland. 

Jane Riddle (Mrs. B. N. Thornton), 1306 Milling 

Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. 
Mary Kent Robbins (Mrs. Roger Ailing), 490 Broad- 

way, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 

l-'lorrnre Shnrtau i M rs, \ddison I'.. Poland I, B4 
Plymouth Road. Summit, New Jersey. 

Helen Smyser (Mrs. Donald Talbot), 28 Hoyl Street, 
Stamford, Connecticut. 

Josephine Snowden (Mrs. Kenneth Durham), River- 
view, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Virginia Stephenson, 333 W. Washington Avenue, 
Madison, Wisconsin. 

Nar Warren Taylor, 1372 Vinton Avenue. Memphis. 

Constance Van Ness, 159 Center Avenue, Little Kails, 
New Jersev. 

Mary Vizard (Mrs. Wm. F. Kelly. Jr.). 48 Strat- 
ford Road. Scarsdale, New York. 

Sarah VonShilling (Mrs. J. B. Stanley), Hampton, 

Cornelia Wailes (Mrs. Edward T. Wailes), The 
American Embassy, Brussels. Belgium. 

Edna Warren (Mrs. Douglas Tucker). 6 Barksdale 
Drive, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Ruth Whelan ( Mrs. Davis Horan), Please may we 
have correct address .' 

Margaret Williams (Mrs. Charles A. Bayne). Bald- 
win Place, Norfolk, Virginia. 

Mildred Wilson (Mrs. Theodore S. Garnett. Jr.), 
1002 Langley Road, Norfolk, Virginia. 

Virginia Wilson, 403 Tazewell Avenue, Cape Charles, 

Elizabeth Wood (Mrs. Charles G. McMullan), 1120 
West Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. 


Class Secretary, Elsetta Gilchrist, 4500 
Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels expects to spend the 
summer in Mexico with her two children, Patsy 
and Frank, visiting Ambassador and Mrs. Jose- 
phus Daniels. Ruth recently had lunch in New 
\ork with ^ irginia Wilson and Claire Hanner 
Arnold. Claire has just moved to Scarsdale, and 
Virginia is on the staff of the Empire Mannequin 
School in New York City. 

M. Brown Wood is spending the summer in 
Kentucky with her family before moving to 
Norfolk in September. The next few years her 
duties will be heavy as Fund Chairman of "27. 
Let's all help her out by contributing. We will 
try to promise you copious news items of your 
long lost campus buddies in return. Incidentally 
M. Brown, proved to be still in voice, entertain- 
ing us in the wee small hours to the twang of 
the guitar. Now don't you wish you had forsaken 
duties and reunioned with the eleven of us, 
Kitty Wilson Garnett, Lilly Lovett, Lib Wood 
McMullan, Connie Van Ness, Ruth Aunspaugh 
Daniels, Nar Warren. Shortie Poland, E. Morley 
Fink. Dan Boone, M. Brown and me? Quite 
the cream of the crop we're sure you'll agree. 

Compy Compton is still pursuing the arts and 
has had an exhibition in Shreveport, La., and 
Asheville. Marg Cramer has reached such an ex- 
haled position in the Cleveland Institute of 
Music that she could not be spared for the re- 
union. Pauline Payne, our PeeWee. late Class 
Secretary and Fund Chairman was also supposed 
to attend. We formally enter her as another 
member of the Lost, Strayed, or Stolen. Esther 
Dickinson Robbins has moved to Philadelphia. 
We have found Janet Green to be Mrs. Sheaffe 
Joslyn, wife of an army engineer and mother of 
one child. 


Sweet Briar College 

June, 1937 

Hilda Harpster has deserted the Sweet Briar 
Campus and is in quest of her Ph.D., studying 
at the University of Michigan. Sally Jamison 
is with an interior decorating firm in Charlotte. 
Emil- Jones Hodge, the great silent one, has 
celebrated our tenth, it is rumored, with her 
second child. Margaret Lovett is with the ad- 
vertising firm of Monte Little Company in Hunt- 
ington, W. Va. May we add, the life seems to 
agree with her. Billy Quisenberry Marks post- 
poned her ski-ing in Montreal this winter long 
enough to have luncheon in New York with 
Rebecca Manning, Lisa Guigon, Connie Van Ness, 
and M. Brown Wood. 

Florence Shortau Poland returned recently 
from Bermuda and boasts a beautiful tan, poison 
ivy, a new house and a dog. When time permits 
she still works for the Tri-Continental Corpora- 
tion in New York. Taylor continues to guide the 
footsteps of the youth of America. Having gained 
her Mas'ers from Columbia last winter she spent 
the spring at the Cathedral School of St. Maty, 
Garden City, L. I., and returns home to be Di- 
rector of Studies at Miss Hutchinson's School in 

Mrs. Kenneth Durham, seven years wedded and 
with two children we find still recorded as Jo 
Snowden. The rest of you take warning. Please 
send us your news, names and address. With the 
cooperation of many good souls we may be able 
to compile a new mailing list of all your former 
comrades. Connie Van Ness is with the firm 
of Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, Architects in New 
York, still picking up erasers and shining T- 
squares. Kitty Wilson Garnett has been married 
and has, a three year old son. Lib Wood Mc- 
Mullen boasts of one child and lives in Richmond. 
She has not been back to S. B. C. in so long that 
she has not yet discovered the new road from 
Richmond and followed the railroad tracks back. 
Her daughter, Betty, is the same age as Camilla 
Alsop Hyde's daughter, Camilla, and they attend 
the same play school. 

Virginia Franke Argabite is director of a stock 
company in Skaneatelas, New York. Gwen Har- 
ris Scott is married to a doctor in Temple, Texas, 
and reports herself as an ardent club and com- 
mittee woman, believe it if vou can. She has a 
son and daughter. Marjorie Stone Neighbors is 
also married to a doctor and lives in Fort Worth. 
I seem to have fallen heir to the Class Secre- 
tary-ship with very meager experience along that 
line. As a landscape architect with my own of- 
fice in Cleveland, affiliated with two other wo- 
men landscape architects, even as a newly elected 
and very youthful member of the American So- 
ciety of Landscape Architects there seems to have 
been little such compiling of human interest in 
my background. But I will tiy to do right by 
you and record faithfully all items which reach 
me. This news comes to you from the eleven re- 
unioners of '27. Any of you who have not con- 
tributed to the Alumnae Fund receive this quar- 
terly as a gift from us. Please reciprocate with 
news of yourself and by helping M. Brown wi f h 
the Alumnae Fund in the fall so vou can be in 

on the bigger and better items we hope to glean 
from all of you. 



Class Secretary, Anna Torian, 1802 North 
Talbott Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Your correspondent has just returned from a 
very hurried trip to Chattanooga and thence to 
Richmond, Portsmouth, Va., and Washington. 
We were veiy lucky about hitting all the big 
days, and heavy traffic on the way, starting with 
Memorial Day in Atlanta. We arrived in Peters- 
burg just in time to help celebrate the Re-enac- 
ment of the Battle of the Crater. And on the 
way home, we successfully navigated the Apple 
Blossom crowds of Winchester without running 
to earth a single local traffic cop, only to find 
ourselves in Parkersburg, W. Va., that same 
night with the entire American Legion! 

First of all, I want to make a public apology 
to Nora Lee Antrim for mistakenly announc- 
ing her marriage. It was Nora Lee's cousin who 
was married. My only consolation lies in the 
fact that other columnists made the same error 
as I. In fact, it was the Lynchburg paper that 
first propogated the tale. 

I regret to have to admit that I did not get to 
Sweet Briar, chiefly because I thus missed seeing 
Gert Prior, who is the proud mama of two Beagle 
pups. These are no ordinary pups, but are being 

While I was in Chattanooga, I had a nice chat 
with Mary Shelton Clark whose husband has been 
made president of the Morris Plan Bank of 
Chattanooga. President Clark's first move has 
been to air condition the bank, and the whole 
family plan to move in for the summer months. 

I spent a very enjoyable night with Eleanor 
Duvall in Cheraw. She is still drawing and 
keeping the native tennis players on their toes. 
In Richmond, I stayed with Sue Haskell Harrell 
("30), her husband and most charming young 
daughter. Except for Norvell Royer, I did not 
see any other Richmond Briarites as May 1 
and the Gold Cup Races had made Richmond a 
deserted village. 

Lisa Guigon is now teaching dancing to the 
wives and children of the officers at West Point. 
Merritt Murphy Green is one of her pupils. 
Lisa has been living with M. Brown at Iona 
Island, N. Y., but Madeline is moving to Norfolk, 
Va., soon. 

A letter from Esther Tyler Campbell recently 
says that keeping her daughter in the Straight 
and Narrow Path takes up most of her time. 

Vital statistics: 

Sara Callison Jameson has a daughter, born in 

Lee Sidman Smith has a son, Gordon Gren- 
ville, born May 6. This is her second son. 

Louise Wooton Orr, has a sr i, born in Febru- 

Charlotte Whinery was married on January 
30th to Mr. Willard Champe, and is now living in 
Jackson. Michigan. 

June, 1937 

Alumnae New? 


Margaret Taliaferro was married to Mr. Rich- 
ard Battle of Tarboro, N. C, and Richmond, Va., 
on January 17th. 

Louise Dailey Sturhahn, husband and two 
children have moved to Hartford, Conn. Box 
806 will reach her. 

I am sure you will all be as upset and sad- 
dened as I was to hear of the death of "Babe'' 
Reed, which occurred on March 25th. 

Nan Torian. 

Eugenia Tillman was married June 5th to Mr. 
James R. McKenzie of Columbia. South Carolina. 

Class Secretary, Mary McDonald Reynolds 
(Mrs. Jasper A.), Newell Apartments, Chatta- 
nooga, Tennessee. 

Gwen Olcott to George S. Writer, Jr., of New 

Sara Buckley to Merrill Garcelon, of Newton, 

Elizabeth Witham Smith to E. Billingsworth 
Reaves, of Little Rock, Arkansas. 


Maltha Lambeth to Hardee Cochran Kilgore, 
Jr., June 5. 

Anne Lewis to Ronald McClintock, June 5. 
They will live in Amherst. 

Diddy Mathews to Langston Palmer, June 16. 


To Mary Huntington Harrison and Mr. Harri- 
son, a son, Henry Huntington, March, 17, 9J/2 

To Lindsay Prentis Woodroofe and Mr. Wood- 
roofe, a daughter, Robin Lindsay, sometime in 
February or January. Weight unreported. Chris- 
tening attended by Mrs. Smith of the Pittsburgh 
Smiths, who acted as godmother and no doubt 
cooed louder than the baby. 

Mrs. Smith is also responsible for the news th t 
Serena and Tom have finished building their 
house and have moved in. The rest of her letter 
is not worth repeating, being nothing but a vitrio- 
lic political harangue. Just as soon as I can 
think of something smart I'm going to write her 
a scorcher. So that for you, Mrs. S. ( exclamation 

A grand letter from Dougie telling about her 
two little girls. Dougie went to Florida last win- 
ter and stopped at Sweet Briar en route. Sh • 
also visited Betty McCrady Bardwell. Dougie 
sees a lot of Marian Jayne Berguido, "28. who has 
three daughters, named Jayne, Juan, and June. 
Disconcerting, to say the least. 

Mary Huntington Harrison (q.v. ) reports that 
Carolyn Martindale Blouin has moved to Mont- 
clair to live. 

Plutocrat Gladys Wester Horton and husband 
went to Bermuda this spring to celebrate their 
fifth wedding anniversary. There were two 
other Sweet Briar girls there — Florence Shortau 
Poland, and Dorothy Sedgwick. If they'd been 

clever they would have organizeil a club and had 
meetings and things. 

Lib Johnston Cook was in town the other day 
visiting Meme. and we all had lunch together. 
We talked so much and so fast that now I can't 
remember a word that was said, which is a pity 
as Lib really was full of news. She can run into 
more old college chums in her wanderings than 
anybody I know. They just seem to cross her 
path wherever she goes. Just now she's living in 
Atlanta and she sees a lot of Teresa and the 
others. It seems to me she said Mary Lawrence 
Sessions had moved back to Atlanta to live, but 
don't quote me on that. 

Don't forget to send in all the summer gossip, 
and try to get it in by the first of September. 
We will, however, be glad to hold the presses for 
anything exceptionally thrilling. 



Cl-ass Secretary. Martha von Briesen, 4436 
North Stowell Avenue. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Dear "31ers: 

Come June and we have a regular flock of 
brides again. I know you're all just breathless to 
hear who they are and what their new names are, 
so I won't keep you waiting any longer. 

Jo Gibbs was the first of them, I guess. Polly 
Swift Calhoun was so good as to write me all 
about that ceremony, which she and her hus- 
band witnessed. Polly reports that the wedding 
was lovely, and Jo looked very pretty, standing 
beside her Joe. who is blond, slender, and stands 
six feet four! Jo wore Polly's mother's wedding 
dress, including the veil and mitts, in which 
Polly was also married. Since April 3rd, Jo has 
been Mrs. Joseph John Du Bois. Polly went on 
to report that she and Frank had dinner, after 
the festivities, with Perry Whittaker Scott and 
her husband, and Gerry Mallory. Jo and Joe 
drove to Virginia on their wedding trip and they 
stopped to look around at Sweet Briar, although 
Jo always swore she never would go back on 
her honeymoon! 

A week later, on April 10, Jean Ploehn became 
the bride of Ed Kaufmann, Jr., in Davenport. I 
spent a week there, from the Monday preceding 
un'il the Monday following the big event, and 
I had a grand time going to the last parties, help- 
ing unwrap Jean's many lovely gifts, and actually 
being in the w 7 edding. My most important mo- 
ment came when I went with Jean and Ed to 
get the license and I. as witness, completely over- 
shadowed the bride herself! Jean was married 
in the Outing Club, whose spacious yet homelike 
rooms made a lovely background for the cer- 
emony as well as for the reception and supper 
which followed. Jean's simple ivory satin dress 
was set off by a becoming round collar of seed 
pearls, and her tulle veil fell from a halo of 
Princesse lace which had been in her mother's 
wedding dress. Her four-year old cousin made 
an adorable flower girl, in tea rose taffeta, and I 
was the only other bridal attendant. My dress 


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June, 1937 

was hyacinth blue chiffon, with a sash of Ameri- 
can Beauty. Jean's brother, John, was best man. 
I may be prejudiced, but I still think the whole 
affair was quite perfectly balanced between dig- 
nity and informality. Jean and Ed looked very- 
happy as we waved them off on their way to 
New Orleans and Biloxi. They received quan- 
tities of gifts, with nary a "spit-back," and I had 
a grand time looking at all of Jean's linens, 
lingerie, clothes, etc. Their apartment will surely 
be very attractive when they finish moving all 
their belongings into it, and I am already looking 
forward to a visit of inspection some day. 

Next in line comes Hellie Sim, who was mar- 
ried on May 28 to Harold Mellen. Hellie wrote 
that it was to be a very small wedding, at her 
home in Westfield, N. J., at 8:30 in the evening. 
So far I haven't heard any more details, nor do 
I know where Hellie is living now. She went to 
California with her parents and her sister, Sunny, 
early in January for a stay of two months. 

By the time you read this, Ginny Cooke will be 
Mrs. Fritz Rea, wife of a rising M. D. in Cleve- 
land. Her wedding took place in a church in her 
home town, New Philadelphia, Ohio, on the af- 
ternoon of June 5. Since I must write this item 
some four weeks before the wedding, I can't give 
you any further details, except that Ginny and 
Fritz had planned to go to the Finger Lake 
district in New York State for at least part of 
their wedding trip. 

I keep hearing rumors about Sally Perry. First, 
that she had quit her job in Cleveland after an- 
nouncing her engagement, and then that she is 
to be married in July. But I don't know when, 
where, or to whom. Will some kind soul please 
send me the dope? 

Leaving brides and all the accompanying flut- 
ter, we can now turn to more prosaic matters. 
Such as the news that Nat Roberts attended the 
A. A. U. W. convention in Savannah in March, 
and also enjoyed a motor trip through Florida to 
Miami and then back to Roanoke. Peg Hurd 
Burbank, has also been doing a bit of traveling 
lately. She spent the month of April in Corpus 
Christi, Texas, with her parents. Peg's home 
is in Omaha, you know. Add to the travelers 
Nancy Worthington, who took a brief vacation 
from her many duties at Sweet Briar to spend 
Easter week-end in Philadelphia. Nancy saw Jo 
Gibbs Du Bois (see above) and her husband 
when they were at Sweet Briar, and she liked 
Joe very much. Says he teaches riding in Mont- 

You know by this time, no doubt, that May 
Day at Sweet Briar was something new and dif- 
ferent, bigger and better, etc., this year. Every- 
one on campus took part, in Elizabethan costume, 
and the merrymaking, feasting, and dancing went 
on for two days or more (or less). Nancy said 
it was really very special. I hope some of you 
were lucky enough to see glimpses of it all in 
the Paramount Newsreel. Split Clark and Nat 
Roberts were representatives of our class among 
the thousand guests. 

Quinnie Bond crashed through with a lengthy 
letter some weeks ago, her first in many months, 
and now I can report to you that she is doing 
something of which I had never heard before. 
Maybe you have, though. Anyway, she joined a 
class, early in January, at the Red Cross and 
took a six week's training course to become a 
hospital aide. She was then obliged to put in 
50 hours of service, on probation, at Massachu- 
settes General Hospital in Boston. Her work 
consisted of helping the nurses in the wards, 
making beds, carrying trays, combing hair, tak- 
ing patients to clinics in wheel chairs, etc. In 
order to remain on the active list they (the aides) 
are expected to do a minimum of 50 hours for 
each of the next four years. Sounds as though 
Boston is getting ready for the next war. 

As though that weren't enough to keep her 
busy, the energetic Mrs. Bond goes on painting 
scenery for the Junior League plays, does her 
housework, and runs off small social affairs oc- 
casionally. On May 4 Quinnie and Eda Bain- 
bridge McKnight managed the Boston Alumnae 
Club's annual bridge benefit, which took place at 
Quinnie's home. In odd moments she finds time 
to help with projects such as the Merchant 
Marine drive for books for sailors. More power 
to you, and hats off to you, Quinnie; my head 
fairly whirls to think of all that activity. 

Quinnie also reports that she sees Anne Mason 
Brent Wynn and her husband occasionally; that 
she talked to Dot Bridges Jefferson one day in 
connection with the bridge party; that Eda has 
two sons and looks never a day older. Dot 
Bridges has been "lost" on my files for years, 
and I am glad to have a little news of her, as I 
know many of you will be. 

Because another of my journeys last winter 
brought me face to face with several of our class- 
mates, may I tell you a little about it? Late in 
February I went to Washington with my German 
cousin, who was on her homeward journey after 
having been with us since September. Bid 
Maner Vose, met us at the station with her car, 
and we spent the better part of the day being 
whisked from sight to sight by Bid, who was at 
once a charming and efficient guide. 

Since it happened to be Washington's birthday 
we had to hurry out to Mt. Vernon to get there 
before the hoards of professional patriots and 
wreath hangers took over the scene. The sweet 
fragrance of the boxwood in the sun made me 
close my eyes and pretend I was at Sweet Briar! 
We spent that night with Bid and her husband 
in their very cute new little house in Silver 
Springs, Maryland, and had such a pleasant time 
there. Rosi was duly impressed by Washington; 
thanks to Bid she was able to see a great deal 
in the short day and a half we spent there. 

In New York things were very hectic, but I 
did manage to see Toole Rotter and Courtenay 
Cochran, at the Barbizon. Toole is working at 
Macy's, taking singing lessons, and seems to be 
having a good time in addition. She was most 

June, 1937 

Alumnae News 


kind and helpful to me, and I did enjoy seeing 
her after all these years. Toole told me that Bet 
West Morton now lives in Alexandria, and has 
two sons. What's more, she says Bet has gained 
weight and is fairly blooming with health and 
vitality. Isn't that good news? I had a swell 
time with three of the "older cute girls," Edna 
Lee Wood, Kitty Blount, and Wanda Jensch 
Harris, all '26, meeting at Edna's apartment and 
having lunch together at a nearby restaurant. 
I'm only sorry I didn't have time to look up Libba 
Stribling Bell and Anne Fischer Abry, so I 
could give you some news of them too . . . but 
maybe 1*11 get to New York again some day. 

On my way home I stopped in Cleveland and 
spent Sunday with Ginny Cooke. We had a good 
opportunity to chat for the better part of the day, 
undisturbed, and I enjoyed t immensely. I also 
had the pleasure of meeting Ginny's then-fiance. 
Fritz Rea, whom I had heard about as long as 
10 years ago, when Ginny and you and I were 
all freshmen at Sweet Briar. Does it seem like 
10 years to you? 

Did you notice that "Mrs. Tunstall" gave a book 
review at some winter meeting of the Tidewater 
Alumnae Club? Could that be our own Caroline 
Heath, as was? It would be fun to hear what 
else you're up to these days, Heath ; don't be so 
stingy with your letters! 

Happy summer days to you all, and so long 
until September ... or October, I should say. 


{Catherine Knerr has announced her engage- 
ment to Mr. Donald Kinney Angell, of Brooklyn, 
New York. 


Sally Ainsworth, 325 No. Broad Street, Thomasville, 

Virginia Bellamy (Mrs. Peter B. Ruffin), P. O. Box 

192, Wilmington, North Carolina. 
Margaret Bennett, Greer, South Carolina. 
Henrietta Bryan, Charlottesville, Virginia. 
Gertrude Buist (Mrs. Cavett Roberts), 30 5th Ave- 
nue, New York City, New York. 
Susie Burnett (Mrs. Frank Treadwell Davis), 1343 

Peachtree Street, N. E., Atlanta, Georgia. 
Courtney Cochran, The Barbizon Hotel, Lexington 

and* 63rd Streets, New York City, New York. 
Alice Dabney (Mrs. John C. Parker, Jr.), Franklin, 

Elizabeth Doughtie, Weylin Hotel, New York City, 

New York. 
Elizabeth Douglas, 1316 South Perry Street, Mont- 
gomery, Alabama. 
Jesse Fisher (Mrs. B. W. Z. Gordon), 3232 Rankin, 

Dallas, Texas. 
Sarah Forsyth (Mrs. Lamed Donaldson Randolph). 

E-smont, Virginia. 
Constance Fowler (Mrs. Walter Burton Keeble ) , 

7725 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri. 
Eleanor Franke, 332 E. 50th Street, New York City, 

New York. 
Mildred Gibbons, 823 South Delaware Avenue, 

Tampa, Florida. 
Anna Gilbert (Mrs. Hugh W. Davy), 232 A Street. 

Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Sarah Bright Gracey, 960 Hickman Road, Augusta, 

Emma Green (Mrs. Thomas Moore), Wilmington. 

NoTth Carolina. 

Stuart G'roner (Mrs. John A. Moreno), c/o Lieut. 
Moreno, U. S. S\ Pensacola, Sun Pedro, Cali- 

Margaret Hall. 1701 20th Street, "The Parrot," 
Washington, D. C. 

Virginia Hall (Mrs. John Van Lindley), 1812 Madi- 
son Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Sarah Harrison, 3818 Cliff Road, Birmingham, Ala 

Jane Hays (Mrs. Richard F. Dowler). 222 Bower 
Hill Road. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Elizabeth Higgins, 70 Tompkins Street, Cortland, 
New York. 

Elizabeth Job, 2000 Lexington Avenue, Ashland, 

Irene Kellogg, Gildersleeve Wood, University, Vir- 

Ruth Kerr, 743 South George Street, York, Pennsyl- 

Mildred Larimer. 3240 19th Street, N. W., Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

Anne MacRae, 49 Rue Moliere, Shanghai, China. 

Charlotte Magoffin, Portage Point, Deerwood, Min- 

Betty Allen Magruder, 100 W. Jefferson Street. 
Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Marion Malm (Mrs. MacDaniel Fowler), Box 342, 
Parris Island, South Carolina. 

Susan Marshall (Mrs. Wayt Bell Timberlake, Jr.), 
West Frederick Street, Staunton, Virginia. 

Eleanor Mattingly (Mrs. Lewis Littlepage, Jr. ) , 
Universitv, Virginia. 

Emily Maxwell (Mrs. Charles F. Littlepage), 649 
Westfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey. 

Marjorie Miller (Mrs. John Frederic Close) , Rock 
hill Apartments, 4870 Cote de Neige, Montreal 

Let ha Morris (Mrs. John Went ringer Wood), 127 
Edgemont Road, Upper Montclair, New Jersev, 

Barbara Munter, 3060 Ellicott Street, N. W., Wash 
ington, D. C. 

Helen Nightengale (Mrs. James Arthur Gleason ) 
2875 Hampton Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio. 

Mary Moore Pancake, 120 East Frederick Street 
Staunton, Virginia. 

Marcia Patterson, 37 Hilton Avenue, Hempstead, 
New York. 

Sarah Phillips (Mrs. Pete Freeman Crenshaw), 2177 
Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. 

Helen Pratt (Mrs. Fred T. Graff), Forest Glenn, 

Edith Railey, Versailles, Kentucky. 

Ruth Remon (Mrs. George Wenzelj, 3104 33rd Place, 
N. W.. Washington, D. C. 

Frances Sencindiver (Mrs. John William Stewart), 
102 Tennessee Avenue, Martinsburg, West Vir- 

Sara Shallenberger ( Mrs. W. L. L. Brown ) , Har- 
rods Creek, Jefferson County, Kentucky. 

Theda Sherman (Mrs. John W. Newlin), Cool Run. 
Spruce Creek, Pennsvlvania. 

Adelaide Smith, 2229 East Superior Street, Duluth. 

Dorothy Smith (Mrs. Edmund Berkeley), Box 1273, 
University, Virginia. 

Virginia Squibb (Mrs. James Flynn), 1830 West 
105th Street, Chicago, Illinois. 

Hazel Stamps (Mrs. Charles D. Collins), 207 Rum- 
son Road, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Beatrice Stone (Mrs. Robert T. DeVore). 2415 E 
Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. 

Elizabeth Uber, 221 Emerson Avenue, Aspinwall, 

Marjorie Ward (Mrs. George Howard Cross. Jr. i . 
822 Adams Street, Wilmington. Delaware. 

Mary Ware, Pedlar Mills, Virginia. 

Elizabeth West (Mrs. Jeremiah Morton), 632 19th 
Street, Virginia Highlands, Arlington, Virginia. 

Alice Weymouth (Mrs. Frank Post McCord), 144-44 
Sanford Avenue, Flushing, New York. 

Janet White (Mrs. William Young Burton), 5616 
Enright, St. Louis, Missouri. 

Nancy Wilson, University, Virginia. 

Eleanor Wright (Mrs. Theodore Conway), Box 1995, 
Fort Benning, Georgia. 


Sweet Briar College 

June, 1937 


Class Secretary, Dorothy Smith Berkeley, 
(Mrs. Edmund), Box 1273, University, Virginia. 

Dorothy Smith Berkeley has a son, Edmund, 
born on April 1. 

Letha Morris Wood has a daughter, Letha Don- 
aldson, born April 5. 

Sarah Forsyth married Lamed Donaldson Ran- 
dolph on April 17. After a trip to Europe they 
will live in Estouteville, Virginia. 

Carolina Powell has annonuced her engagement 
to Ernest W. Brokland, Jr., of New York. 

Julia Coleman was married recently to Dudley 
F. Wing of Evanston, Illinois, on February 27. 

Ruth Remon Wenzel has moved back to Wash- 
ington to live. Her husband has been transferred 
to the Capitol City. 

Hallie Orr was married in Austin, Texas, on 
March 7 to Jim Tom Barton. Virginia Nalle was 
one of the bridesmaids. Mr. and Mrs. Barton 
will live in Austin, where he is employed as finan- 
cial director of the highway planning department. 

Patty Mason Stedman and her husband have 
recently moved to their new home in the country, 
five miles outside of Madison, Wisconsin. Patty 
is prevented from getting lonely during the day 
by their two setter pups, who are always eager 
for attention. 


Class Secretary, Marjorie Burford, 723 Pine 
Street. Texarkana, Texas. 
Dear Class: 

June is here once more, bringing another Com- 
mencement at Sweet Briar. I wish I could be 
among those lucky enough to be present, but 
instead I shall just have to look forward to our 
fifth reunion next year. 

In spite of my best efforts, I find news is rather 
scarce this month, but herewith is the results of 
my gleanings from here and there. 

Wedding bells continue to ring for '33s. Chat- 
tanooga boasts two for the month of April. 
Sarah Houston is now Mrs. Hugh L. Baker. Her 
address is Westchester Apartments, 619 West 
Brow Road, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Kitty 
Howze and Mary E. Clemons were both brides- 
maids. Kitty says she had a swell elegant time, 
and the wedding was lovely. Carolyn Wilson was 
married to Robert Hunt. Mary £. was in her 
wedding also. 

Lois Fos'er became Mrs. James Briggs Moore, 
Jr., on Friday, June the 11th. The wedding took 
place at Zion Church, Douglaston, Long Island. 

You all probably read about Miki Murdoch's 
wedding in the New York Times, which some- 
times reaches us, even in Texas. She was mar- 
ried on April 11, in Portsmouth, to Mr. Hugh D. 
Martin, Jr., of New York City. On their wed- 
ding trip they went to The Cloisters, Sea Island. 
Ga. Their home address is 413 East 58th Street, 
New York. Ella Jesse attended the wedding. 
She says Miki made a beautiful bride. 

Ella is still working part time for her father. 
In March she and her family had a most pleasant 
trip to Bermuda. 

Conny Murray writes that she is now Mrs. 
Weller. She says that this is no longer news, 
but I must admit it is to me. She is living in 
Princeton, as is Betsy Hun McAllen and her two 
daughters. Sarah Stockton Griswold has moved 
to Kearsage, N. H. 

Nevil Cru»e has given up her job in Asheville 
and joined her family in Houston; Texas. Her 
address is 243 Portland Street. The last I heard 
she was planning to begin a secretarial course 
in May. 

Margaret and Mary Imbrie write that they are 
both working at secretarial jobs and enjoying 
them thoroughly. Margaret is s'ill with the 
du Pont Company at a branch office at Gibbs- 
town, N. J., and Mary is in the office of a woman 
lawyer in Philadelphia. Occasionally they catch 
a glimpse of Helen Bond and Doris Crane. 

Anne Marvin sent me a glowing account of her 
trip to the British West Indies. And the lucky 
bum was home only a few weeks before she was 
off again. This time she has gone to the British 
Isles, sailing with a friend on April 23rd. They 
had a wonderful time in Ireland and Wales. In 
a letter from London she said they were planning 
to go from there to Edinburgh and Glasgow. 
She will return home about June 10th. 

Mary Brooks Barnhart is still at Pine Breeze 
Sanatorium where she is laboratory and X-ray 
technician. She finds the work most interesting. 
In her spare time she sings with the Cadek 
Choral Society. 

Ted Clary Treadwell honored me with a most 
interesting, newsy letter. She has bobbed her 
hair, and likes the change. I'd love to see it. 
She and Ben visited Frances Powell Zoppa and 
her husband in April. Fran is dashing back and 
forth to Richmond where her family has built 
a new house. 

Enna Frances Brown and her mother spent a 
couple of weeks in New York in May, and ap- 
parently had a grand time shopping and seeing 

Mary Buick is working in a doctor's office in 
Birmingham. Michigan. 

Yours for a grand summer, 


Lena Heath Jones married Thomas Moore 
Craig on April 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Mary Spalding married John Harold Osterman 
in Richmond May 1st. For the honeymoon they 
went on a cruise off the Florida coast. They will 
live in Richmond, where Mr. Osterman is in 
business with the American Fidelity and Casualty 

Helen Nice Moss has a daughter, Marion 
Chauncey, born April 12. 

Marjorie Jones became Mrs. David L. Garlick 
on March 13. They are living in Milwaukee. 

Frances Neville Newberry, has gone to Florida 
with her husband to spend part of the summer 
with her parents at their winter home on the 
Gulf near Tampa. Later the Newberrys will 
journey to Texas to visit members of his family. 

Warwick Rust has announced her engagement 
to Mr. Robert Ravmond Brown. 

June, 1937 

Alumnae News 



Class Secretary, Marjorie LasAR Huru (Mrs. 
E. R., Jr.), 4965 McPherson A-venue, St. Louis, 


Here's thai half-breed again. I can't ever 
decide whether Lasar asks me to do this because 
she considers me the good old-fashioned garden 
variety of friend or because she thinks I'm a 
sucker. Probably a dash of both. 

The big honor connected with this is to be 
allowed to announce to you the birth of a 
daughter, Julie McKenzie, to Mr. and Mrs Rhea 
Hurd (Lasar and husband to you) on May — 
and there I'm stuck. Rhea's card is dated May 
20th and postmarked the 21st. It's either the 
result of the frenzy of a newly initiated father 
or the universal failure of the male species to mail 
things when he's supposed to. Neverthe'ess we 
are all proud and happy over the event and I'll 
make it my duty to see that Marjorie settles the 
young lady's birthday in the next issue. 

Julie Sadler de Coligny is a few days up on 
your regular correspondent though — her son, 
William Gaspard, was born May 17 in Chicago 
and Julie is highly enthusiastic — justifiably so, 
don't you think? And isn't that a swell name — 
Billy de Coligny — try saying it a couple of times! 
Julie also reports that Chicago and Evanston are 
filling up with former Sweet Briari'es which 
she will tell us about later when she is less heir- 

Weddings and more weddings! Either hot off 
the griddle or about to be put on. Beanie was 
married on February 20th to Natt Morrill Emery, 
Jr., who is a patent attorney for the Bethlehem 
Steel Company. Bootsie Shirley, Eleanor Lauck, 
Elizabeth Ogilby and Butzner were four of the six 
bridesmaids and Alice Dabney Parker was matron 
of honor. They honeymooned in Vermont where 
Beanie found the wonders of winter-sporting very 
superior. She is living in Bethlehem, Pa., to 
which, along with her apartment, she is devoted. 
Since last fall Lu Bond has been Mrs. Niles S. 
Pendleton, of Montclair. N. J. She's been doing 
some volunteer Social Service work on the side. 
Lou Dreyer spent the week-end with her and 
Lucille reports Lou looks and acts the same as 
ever — which ought to be all right. Bryce, you 
may be astounded to hear, has cut off those long 
raven tresses of hers and Lucille thinks she 
looks very snitzy. 

You may now call Ruth Myers, Mrs. Clifton 
Edward Pleasant. It happened on April 3rd and 
they went to Miami Beach and Havana on their 
honeymoon, seeing Cecil Birdsey Wade and her 
young daughter in Macon, Georgia, on their way 
home. Ruth's new address is 714 North West 
Boulevard, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Sufficient details of Betty Combs' marriage to 
Richard Corrol of Virginia are not forthcoming. 
It took place in Maryland the first part of May 
and it certainly brought together a vast horde 
of the Sweet Briarites — Marie Le Pine, Eleanor 
Cooke and Lib Gray were in the bridal party and 
Marie Lauge Gaskell, Mary Evelyn Wood Litrell, 

Alice Goble and Helen Jenkins witnessed the 

On June 17th Dottie Turno will marry N. P. 
Gardener, Jr., in East Orange. It is to be a 
church wedding with six attendants and all the 

Debby Ebaugh marries Winfield Smith of Ger- 
tnantown and Vineland, N. J., on June 26th 
Kitty Marshall, Eleanor Rust, '35, and Cynthia 
Harbison, will be bridesmaids. Box 29, Vineland. 
N. J., will be her address. 

Cordelia Penn Cannon and her husband have 
just bought and moved into a lovely new house 
— the address is 1510 W. Market Stree', Greens- 
boro, N. C. She speaks of seeing Juliet Halli- 
burton Burnett '35, a bride of April 10th, who 
will a!so live in Greensboro. 

Becky Strode Lee spent May Day at Sweet 
Briar and found it beautiful. She is doing half- 
day Social Agency work in Richmond where she 
lives — her address is Mrs. S>. George Lee, 301 IN. 
Allen Avenue, Richmond, Va. And thanks, 
Becky, for the tip on Jackie Bond — in case any 
of the rest of you didn't know it Jackie is Mrs. 
Ernest Wood, Jr., and lives in Richmond at 1417 
Parks Avenue. 

Julie was right — Evanston is getting to be 
quite the gathering place. Frances Darden 
Musick, as you know, lives there and writes of 
seeing Betty Carter Clark and Ruth Pinkham 
Nix who have moved there. Betty sent her ad- 
dress which is 944 Michigan Avenue, Evanston, 
I linois. Pinky was married May first and will 
make her home in Evanston. Darden visited her 
father in Florida this winter and she and her 
husband will spend their vacation at Virginia 
Beach this summer. 

Helen Hanson Bamford is laconic. We all 
know darn well she does something besides cook 
three meals a day. But she's a little better when 
it comes to others — Dot Andrews, she says, has a 
"triving" (yes — that's the way she has it — al- 
ways knew Hanson couldn't spell but never sus- 
pected that touch of East Side) a 'driving" 
Cocker Spaniel-Scotch Terrier kennels in Florida 
called Hilador Kennels. Hanson also relates 
that Jill Bender is graduating from Occupational 
Therapy School in Boston. Bu; a nice note from 
Jill's mother says that Jill is on a South American 
Cruise and will be home June 5th, a slight dis- 
crepancy, but either one would be definitely 
something to be doing — probably she is doing 

You will find Bonney McDonald Hatch at 
2724 West North Street, Muncie, Indiana. She 
has been in Buffalo visiting her "in-laws." 
While there, she saw Nancy Russell Carter and 
Maiy James Howe with their respective husbands. 
Mitzie Hanifen Fried is turning her talents to 
relief investigating and looking forward to a be- 
lated honeymoon cruise in the fall. She talked 
with Eleanor Cooke when Cookie was in Phila- 
delphia on her way to Combs' wedding. 

Marie Le Pine and Marie Lange Gaskell both 
wrote of the grand gathering at Combs' wedding. 


Sweet Briar College 

June, 1937 

Cookie caught the bride's bouquet and Marie Le 
Pine got the ring in the cake — that means more 
news for next time! 

Marie Lange's new address is 52 Emmett 
Street, Hillside Heights, New Hyde Park, Long 
Island, N. Y. — which means the Gaskells have 
bought a new home in which to house their 
frantically active 20 months old son. Cookie 
visited the two Maries in New" York before re- 
turning to Kansas. 

Mary Walton MeCandlish is the glamour girl 
of the day. She is sailing from New York on 
June 30:h with her sister and brother. In 
Paris they will stay with Ambassador Bullitt and 
then go on to London from whence they will 
depart for a motor tour of England and Scotland. 
Another thrill awaits them when they visit in 
Dorsetshire with the mother-in-law of Sir Ronald 
Lindsay, the British Ambassador to the U. S. 
She will return on August 11th, sailing from 
Southampton. Of course, while she's there Mary 
Walton will contact all the swell people she 
knew at S f . Andrews — which, from where I'm 
sitting, makes her look like the luckiest girl in 
the world. 

Martha Lou Lemmon continues to cover herself 
with the traditional glory. She gets her Ph.D. in 
June from Cornell — her thesis title: "The Psy- 
chological Study of Analogical Thinking," which, 
even if we can't understand it, has the ring of 
true poetry. She has b:en elected President of 
the Cornell Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta. 
women's national honorary education society, and 
she has been chosen a member of Sigma Xi, 
honorary scientific fraternity. I had a grand talk 
with Martha Lou's mother and she thinks Lou 
will spend the summer here at home and teach 
in the East next year. 

Bonnie Wood and Lib Scheurer are back at 
Sweet Briar and are consequently the object of 
much envy. Bonnie is Mrs. Lill's secretary and 
naturally adores it. Lib went down for the second 
semester to be research assistant to Miss Beard. 
They're having fun — one reason being that the 
numerous graduates at Sweet Briar have formed 
a club of their own. 

Dearing Lewis ( whose address is 4601 Maiden I 
Avenue, Chicago, Illinois I, is studying English 
at the University of Chicago. She sees Sadler 
now and again and says she is looking marvelous 

Spiller has been off-sides — you know she was 
attending Library School at Columbia — but she 
spent February in the hospital and March gettin 
her "land-legs," as she pu's it. However, she will 
finish up at summer session — no more hospitali- 
zation, Kathleen — it's not smart this season. 

Lydia has been teaching the art of terpsichore 
at the Y this winter and playing the piano for a 
kindergarten. She was in Washington for the 
Cherry Blossoms and enjoyed seeing Mary Wal- 
ton. Lydia's activities for the summer will be 
tennis, golf and swimming punctuated by trips 
to North Carolina and Atlantic City. 

Anne Corbitt visited at Sweet Briar this spring 
and is now in the throes of making plans for the 
summer abroad. 

Anne Marvin has left us for the less exciting 
column of '33 — we are sorry to lose her. Anne 
adds that Jean Sprague is busily concocting a red 
angora sweater — that's all — it leaves a lot to the 
imagination but creates a natural picture of 
Jean. We also hear from Anne that Dee Taylor 
is in the Textile Division of the Department of 
Agriculture in Washington. Thanks Anne for 
departing newsily. 

Rosamond Garrett Cliggitt I, Mrs. James 0. 
Cliggitt ) writes a grand newsy card and we are 
delighted to find her again. She had a son, James 
Garrett, born February 22, 1937, and lives in 
Washington. D. C, where her husband works for 
the Federal Housing Administration. She is now 
home on a visit, seeing Mary Moses, Jane Cock- 
rill, and other Sweet Briarites. 

Mary Jane Hayden was married to Edward 
Tattnall Nichols III on June 8th at her home 
in Kansas City, Mo. She graduated from the 
University of Arizona in archaeology as did her 

Marjorie Van Evera became Mrs. Eldridge 
Hirst Lovelace on May 15th in Kansas City. 

Nancy Savage Kelly had a daughter, Patricia, 
born January 1, 1937. 

The end of June I am giving up my job 
selling clothes, having been at it two lengthy 
years. All summer I'll be in Portland, Oregon, 
and thereabout, returning through the Canadian 
Rockies the end of August. Thanks loads for 
responding to your unofficial correspondent. 

Tacky Williams. 

Virginia Bell Newsom married Dr. Norwell 
Darden Nelmson on April 13. They will live 
with Mrs. Newsom. 

Charlotte Meyer was married to Theodore 
Snyder Sitterley of Bronxville, New York, on 
March 11. They will live in Larchmont, New 

Therese Lamfrom Beck has a son, John Lam- 
from, born in February. 

Betty Clapp married Dr. Ernest Kit Robinson 
of Kansas City on April 3. 

Marjorie Van Evera, announced her engage- 
ment to Eldidge Hirst Lovelace of St. Louis on 
March 14. 

Elizabeth Dulaney Cassidy was married to John 
Martin Evans on December 31. Her present a d 
dress is 80 Howe Street, New Haven, Connecticut. 

Nanette Kahn was married to Dr. Norman D. 
Jarrell of Temple, Texas, on February 15. 

Martha Humphreys has announced her engage- 
ment to Dewey Douglas of Indianapolis. 

Elsbeth Toepfer is engaged to Robert N. Cal- 

Jeanette Rieketts is engaged to William Charles 
Walser of Pasadena. 

Priscilla Holcombe is studying for her Master's 
degree in Paris. 


Class Secretary, Sallie Flint, 1108 W. Armory 
Avenue, Champaign, Illinois. 

The following telegram was received June first 
from your class secretary, Sallie Flint. "Respon- 


Alumnae News 


ses unsatisfactory sorry no notes big drive for 
fall issue love," signed Sallie. 

A few items have reached the alumnae office 
since the last issue. These are lis'ed below. 

Sallie Flint has been awarded a bronze medal 
by the Department of Romance Languages at the 
University of Illinois. The medal contains the 
inscription '"Ministre des Affaires Estrangeres" 
and it was awarded for scholarship and interest in 
French. The medal comes through the French 
Consul at Chicago and is the first to be given at 

Dorothy Barry has announced her engagement 
to Frederick Gordon Ketcham of River Edge on 
April 24. 

Martha Jane Gipe was married to Franklin 
Duryea Smith on May 15 in Toledo. 

Hester Kraemer has moved to Washington, 
D. C, where she has a position with the Ameri- 
can Chemical Society. Her address is 335 Kew 
Gardens Apartment. 

Juliet Halliburton was married April 10 to 
Oscar Weaver Burnett of Greensboro, North 
Carolina. Cordelia Penn Cannon and Frances 
Morrison were bridesmaids. Lida Read Voigt 
and Jackie Strickland were also there. 

Isabel Wade is engaged to Morgan Ayres Rey- 
nolds of Richmond and Charlotte. 

Helen M. James is a field secretary of the 
Emergency Peace Campaign in Boston. 

A daughter, Sarah, was born to Charlotte Olm- 
sted Gill on March 15th. 

Barbara Miller, resigned from her position on 
the staff of the Milwaukee Sentinel and sailed 

early in June to spend the summer with friends 
in England, Denmark, and Austria. 

Catherine Brandt announced her engagement 
on May 8th to Mr. John Harrison Bryant. 


Class Secretary, Alice Van Y. Benet, 808 Pick- 
ens Street, Columbia, South Carolina. 

It would seem that your secretary is sadly un- 
informed in matters of state these days, ladies, 
and this time it is a really serious matter. The 
card sent out by Mrs. Breck came too late for 
letter one to be sent out, and upset my plans of 
having some more capable soul give you a jam-up 
report of our first reunion and a brand-new slant 
on the doings of the class. However, the report 
must be in June first, and here goes on a strictly 
personal view of the situation in general. 

You will note that I had intended arranging a 
substitute writer for the reunion, and being bright 
children, you will deduce from that that Miss B. 
cannot return to the Patch to be a good alumna. 
We graduate the babies from the University here 
this next week, and then I have to get down the 
file case and get things moving for next year 
Since I've been home so long that the family has 
all but given up on me and is shipping me on the 
time-honored North Cape Cruise, all my summer's 
work has to be done in June, and I'll not be able 
to stick my nose out of the city of Columbia 
until I head for New York and the ship. So to 
you who will have been back at the school, I 
hope you receive the reverence due gray heads 
and the respect due to old-timers! 



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June, 1937 

I hope to see the New York crowd before I 
sail. Stump will not have left for her counsellor 
job at camp then, and Pinkerton will not have 
gone down to Virginia for the summer. Ada will 
probably be out on Long Island, and Parsons 
will still be working as technician for a very very 
ultra dentist, a job that she got about six weeks 
ago, I think. Libby Hartridge, Muggy, G. A. 
and Alva will all be there, and I hope Phoebe and 
Chickie and the other gals from Montclair will be 
somewhere around. And on the other side I 
might run into Miss Nancy B , who just for a 
change thought she'd best go on a trip, and has 
been visiting a girl who was on the ship with us 
last summer en route to Mexico. She's been over 
there in England since the middle of April, and 
I hope she'll be handy when I finally manage to 
get over there. My trip will last until September 
5, and when I get back, Icelandic will be the 
language of my small-talk, and a mixture of 
Danish and Swedish should handle the rest ! So 
get out your Icelandic dictionaries and be pre- 
pared ! 

Mrs. Parker will probably be at the reunion, 
since she and Frankie live in Danville, where her 
address is, 119 College Avenue. They were mar- 
ried April 10th, and Frankie was moved to an 
engineering job in Danville right after the wed- 
ding. Katie writes that the most important ques- 
tion in her life now is "What shall I have for 
dinn=r?" and that married life is far far more 
than the most flowery phrases would make us 

It seems that in every report I have news of at 
least one engagement, and this one is of great 
interest. Note the names carefully, girls, and, 
Fuzzy, you owe me five dollars! Yes, Miss Taylor 
has gone and done it, and is going to be married 
to Marion P. Brawley. Jr., of Greenville, South 
Carolina. I haven't heard when the weddina is 
to be, but the engagement was announced May 

I heard through Skippy Hull, Logan's cousin, 
that they have had charge of a nursery school 
twice a week as part of their Junior League work, 
and that other than that they've spent the winter 
partying. Logan is going to be around in Vir- 
ginia before the reunion, and she and Jackie 
Moore will be back at S. B. then. Of Jackie, 
I have no news. 

Alma, having been at the kindergarten school 
in Evanston, has landed a job for the summer that 
is the best I've heard of. She's to be a counsel- 
lor at a camp for young ladies from eight to 
twelve, and there's somewhat of a stipend besides 
board and keep. She'll be at home for about 
two weeks before she goes to camp, and then 
about two weeks again before she goes back to 
the school at Evanston. 

Indirectly, and only she knows how, I hear that 
Chloe is getting ready to take up a position as a 

cub reporter on one of the Nashville papers, and 
from my experience of not being able to keep a 
thing from her, she should do much better than 
average. I doubt that any third degree could 
make a man confide more than Chloe's intelligent 
listening power, and I'm expecting great things 
of our latest journalist. 

And that news, my fine friends, is all that has 
penetrated to this city. Having not been out of 
town since before Easter — imagine that for this 
one who could not stay at school more than two 
we ks hand running until the honors exams 
caught up with me — I cannot make much com- 
ment on the world in general, except that it's a 
very fine world after all. If I had thought that 
the good fortune which has attended my path 
since June last was at hand, I'd have been much 
less concerned over leaving college. 

If I could see each of you right now, I 
wouldn't admit it to your faces, but I have missed 
you this year more than you know, and there have 
been times when I wished I had choir practice 
ahead of me again. You know how bad off I 
must have been those days! And more than 
ever now that there has been a year to clarify 
the scene, I would not trade my Sweet Briar 
years for twenty others, and that is because of 
you who made it the place it was! 

Wi'h all of the best wishes for a grand sum- 
mer for each of you, and a plea for some un- 
solicited news . . . 

Alice Van Y. Benet. 

Anne Farr Foot has a daughter, Katherine, 
born on March 25th at Plymouth, England. 

Laura Roulette has announced her engage- 
ment to Frederick Wright. 

Jeanne Hubbell Grandeman will many Thomas 
Penny Losee on June 18th. 

Dorothy Ruth Busch was married to Edward 
Parsons Bagg III, on May 1st. They went to 
Bermuda on their wedding trip, and will reside 
in Holyoke, Massachusetts. 

Caroline Furniss was married on March 2nd to 
Mr. Paul Howard Wolfe. 

Priscilla Talbott is engaged to Lt. (j-g.) 
Stephen Noel Tackney, U. S*. N., of Brooklyn, 
New York. They will be married in June. 


Cornelia McDuffie was married to Richard 
Felder Turner on March 27th in Mobile, Alabama. 

Dorothy Grote was married on December 19, 
1936, to Charles Mackey. 

Jean Stuart Black was married to Lewis Robert 
Best on May 1. Mary Milnor, '39, was in the 
wedding. The couple will make their home in 

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Volume VI 1 

OCTOBER, 1937 

Number 1 

Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridce, '18, Editor 


From the President 3 

From the Alumnae President 4 

Sweet Briar's Board of Overseers 5 

A Letter from Margaret Grant Schneider ... 7 

Announcements 7 

Mrs. Allan Davis Heads Alumnae Fund 9 

Class Agents 10 

The Library and How It Grew 11 

Over the Secretary's Desk 14 

Founders' Day 15 

Testing in the Freshman Stride 16 

Do You Know Your College? 17 

We Point With Pride 18 

Student Government President Writes to the 

Alumnae 19 

Answers 21 

Class Personals 23 

the sweet briar alumnae 

Alumnae Member oj the 

Board of Directors 
Mrs. Charles Burnett 

(Eugenia Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Members oj the 

Board of Overseers 

Mrs. Kent Balls 

(Elizabeth Franke, '13) 

3406 Lowell Street, N. W. 

Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. H. 0. Schneider 
(Margaret Grant, '15) 

R. F. D. No. 1 
Peekskill, New York 


Mrs. Frederick Valentine 

(Elizabeth Taylor, '23) 

5515 Cary Street Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

First Vice-President 

Mrs. Howard Luff 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

2215 Devonshire Drive 

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 

members of the council 

Mrs. Herman Wells Coxe Mrs. George F. Tinker 

(Elmyra Pennypacker, '20) (Virginia Lee Taylor, '26) 

3107 Queen Lane 49 Madison Avenue 

Germantown, Pennsylvania Montclair, New Jersey 

Mrs. Arthur B. Kline 

(Catherine Cordes, '21) 

4421 Schenley Farms Terrace 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Jeanette Boone, '27 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Geraldine Mallory, '33 

169 East Clinton Avenue 

Tenafly, New Jersey 

Margaret McVey, '18 
(Honorary Member) 
1417 Grove Avenue 
Richmond, Virginia 

Publicity Chairman 

Alumnae Fund 

Martha von Briesen, '31 

4435 North Stowell Avenue 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Second Vice-President 

Elizabeth Wall, '36 

1023 Electric Street 

Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Alumnae Secretary 

and Treasurer 
Vivienne Barkalow 

Breckenridce, '18 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairman Alumnae Fund 
Mrs. Allan Davis 

(Dorothy Hamilton, '26) 
301 Somerset Road 
Baltimore, Maryland 



October, 1937 

Alumnae News 

From The President 

September 28, 1937. 
My dear Alumnae: 

There is no foreign trip for me to tell 
you about tliis fall. My doings for the 
past summer were perfectly proper, in 
good part necessary, and on the whole 
pleasant, but they do not make copy. 

I gave the Commencement address at 
Simmons College on June fourteenth, paid 
a few short New England visits to friends, 
got back to college by July first, and 
stayed, attending to my business and look- 
ing my age! until the middle of August 
when 1 went to the Virginia mountains for 
a few weeks. 

We are off to a good opening of college, 
though we greatly miss Dr. Hudson who 
resigned in the summer to accept the presi- 
dency of Ilinois College at Jacksonville, 

The combined Public Relations-Alum- 
nae office set-up has been tried for some 
months and seems to produce the advan- 
tages we foresaw for it. The Alumnae 
Fund for the Library pleases us greatly. 
Bodi the money and the fact that the Alum- 
nae are concerning themselves with any- 
thing so vital to the college as the library 
will mean much. The steady improvement 
in the library has been most gratifying, 
but there are departments that still need 
much background material as well as cur- 
rent works of importance. The staff now 
consists of seven persons, four with ad- 
vanced library training, a secretary, and 
two young assistants who are being trained 
on the job here. The building proves con- 
tinually satisfying and the administration 
is so alive that one must go often into die 
library not to miss the excellent current 
exhibits and the new features. A very in- 
teresting one is a table and chair in the 
long corridor where valuable current pam- 
phlets are displayed for browsing as well 
as to be borrowed. So much good ma- 
terial is appearing in this form that diere 
is need of a special technique for present- 
ing it. 

Whenever you are back go to the li- 
brary, learn to know the part of the college 

that you have adopted — and, incidentally, 
see what happens to you in the process. 

I have been hearing news of several 
alumnae clubs that are arranging espe- 
cially nice activities for the winter. I was 
once asked by a group of alumnae what I 
diought was the most valuable work of 
alumnae for the college. My answer was 
two-fold. One is so to identify themselves 
with the best projects of their communities 
in so efficient a way as to make people nat- 
urally think that Sweet Briar must be a 
good place for a young woman's develop- 
ment. If the group can, as a Sweet Briar 
group, be responsible for any of these ex- 
cellent projects — community, literary, ar- 
tistic, educational — that is a fine contribu- 
tion and, in proportion as it is a credit to 
them, so is it to their Alma Mater. The 
second thing alumnae can always do is to 
continue their connections with the oncom- 
ing generations of students and see that 
the able girls to whom Sweet Briar can be 
especially developing know about the col- 
lege and give it their attenticn when they 
are considering their further education. 
Could not every club have a few persons, 
at least one, who is up-to-date and correctly 
informed about the present opportunities 
and activties at Sweet Briar; someone to 
whom the rest of you could bring the girls 
you want to interest to get actual facts and 
the year's picture of Sweet Briar? Always 
academic questions involving a student's 
credits and details of admission in a spe- 
cific case ought to be referred to the proper 
college official, but there is a large amount 
of information that will come most satis- 
factorily from such a person as one of you. 
Consider the plan. 

A happy and a useful winter to you. 
Come home when you can. 

Faithfully yours, 

Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

From The Alumnae President 

Dear Alumnae: 

Since the October Magazine will be 
mailed to all of you, this is our oppor- 
tunity to take stock with you of what our 
organization has been doing and briefly to 
outline our plans for the coming year. 

Commencement in June found over one 
hundred Alumnae on campus representing 
so many sections of die country, so many 
classes, and so much interest in Sweet Briar 
that our alumnae meeting offered a keen 
exchange of ideas before arriving at some 
important decisions. Your newly elected 
representative on the Board of Overseers, 
Margaret Grant Schneider '15, was present, 
and there was almost a full attendance of 
the Council. It was reported that with 
strenuous efforts we had effected a bal- 
anced budget. For many years we have 
looked to the time when beyond paying our 
bills, there would be a balance that we 
could appropriate as a gift to the college. 
We knew that we were perhaps too young 
yet to enjoy this type of giving. We real- 
ized that our office was working full speed 
ahead just sending information, and keep- 
ing our Alumnae abreast with the progress 
of Sweet Briar. What we did not realize 
was that Miss Glass and the Administration 
were keenly aware of our problems and 
ambitions. So anxious were they that 
those gifts from alumnae, sent through 
loyalty and love should not always pay for 
maintenance and upkeep of our office, but 
rather contribute to the college as a whole, 
that die Administration has offered to take 
over our running expenses and leave us free 
to give all money raised by our clubs, or 
sent as Fund contributions, to whatever each 
year we select as our project. The Alum- 
nae voted the Administration its heartfelt 
thanks, and decided that Alumnae Funds 
for the coming year be directed to the 
Library. With such a spirit of confidence 
in us shown by the Board of Trustees, it is 
more important than ever that the clubs 
should make their quotas, and that Fund 

contributions should be increased. May I 
urge that if possible you will send your 
gifts early to avoid heavy office expense 
and to gain a saving of time and energy 
that may be devoted to work for Sweet 
Briar. Discussions of how different clubs 
raised their annual contributions, brought 
to light the fact that though the old idea 
of rummage sales, card parties and the like 
was still used, more and more of the money 
was being made in such interesting enter- 
prises as lectures, musicals and exhibitions. 
Miss Glass has often expressed her desire 
that Sweet Briar Clubs make their presence 
felt in their communities by lending a help- 
ing hand in cultural and educational activi- 
ties. Hearing the reports from the Clubs 
this year made us realize that where her 
advice had been followed the strength of 
the Club had been increased. 

The Fund is headed for the coming year 
by Dorothy Hamilton Davis who has al- 
ready been hard al work. We have im- 
plicit confidence diat her judgment and 
initiative will lead us to increased success 
upon foundations so well laid by the two 
former chairmen. 

The Alumnae headquarters now has its 
office in the Administration Building and 
Mrs. Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridge will 
again carry on her excellent work for us, 
and for the American Alumni Council. 

In setting forth these plans and summing 
up this year's work, we have no doubt left 
some questions still unanswered. Please 
feel free to write to me or to the office for 
any Alumnae or College information. It 
is always my hope to see you in person at 
Sweet Briar — but for those of you who 
cannot pay us a visit it is my ambition 
that you will help us give you news of the 
College, so diat Sweet Briar, as she de- 
serves, may hold a larger place in your 

Most faithfully yours. 
Elizabeth Taylor Valentine. 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 

Sweet Briar's Board of Overseers 

(Editor's Note: Mr. Dabney Stewart Lancaster was elected Executive Secretary of the Board of 
Overseers effective February 1, 1937. Mr. Lancaster received his B.A. from the University id' Vir- 
ginia and his M.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Later he was a Research Scholar at the Uni- 
versity of Missouri. He was an Instructor at Chamberlayne School now St. Chrisliiphrr's in IJich- 
mond. from there he went to V. P. I. where he became Instructor in Modern Languages for a year, 
after which he became Associate Professor in the Agricultural College. Later he was appointed Head 
of the Department of Vocational Teacher-Training at V. P. I. From 1923-1925 he was State Super- 
visor of the Virginia Agricultural High Schools.. From 1925-1929 he served as Secretary of the \ ir- 
ginia State Board of Education. In 1929 he went to the University of Alabama as Dean of Men 
and left that institution to come to Sweet Briar last February. Mr. Lancaster married Mary Tabb 
Crump, sister of Henrietta, '17, and they have four daughters. The oldest is now married and lives 
in Tuscaloosa. Carrington is a sophomore at Sweet Briar and Elizabeth has entered the freshman 
class. Alice Dabney will be ready for Sweet Briar in a few years. The Lancasters are living in a 
new house on Elijah's Road, which was built for them by the college.) 

By Mr. Dabney Stewart Lancaster, 
Executive Secretary of the Board of 
Overseers of Sweet Briar College. 

Oome years ago the editor of the col- 
lege annual at a well-known institution of 
learning used facetiously as a caption for 
the page devoted to the college trustees the 
expression, "Bored of Visitors." 

Undoubtedly he was giving expression 
to the feeling which is quite widespread 
among college students that the institution 
is actually run by the students, faculty, and 
administrative officers (perhaps in the or- 
der named) and that the Board is just a 
customary and perhaps an unnecessary 
"fifth wheel." This student attitude is 
quite understandable since Board meetings 
are held at infrequent intervals and there 
are few opportunities for Board members 
and students to become well acquainted. 

The impressions made in college are 
lasting and this conception of college 
Boards may at times remain fixed in the 
minds of alumnae. 

As a matter of fact, Board members are 
selected because they are successful men 
and women who are public spirited and 
have often demonstrated real interest in 
the college. They are busy people who 
have agreed to give freely of their time and 
talent for the upbuilding of the institution. 

Sweet Briar alumnae and students have 
good reason to be proud of the Board of 

It is the purpose of this article to give a 
brief statement about each member and to 

tell something of the activities and plans 
of the Board for the further development 
of Sweet Briar. 

The Board of Overseers has fifteen mem- 
bers, at present there is one vacancy. 
Seven Overseers are also known as Direc- 
tors and are elected for life. The remain- 
ing eight Overseers are elected for six-year 
terms. The Alumnae Association is rep- 
resented by two of its members on the 
Board of Overseers. 

Dr. Carl E. Grammer, now of Summit, 
New Jersey, and formerly Rector of St. 
Stephen's Episcopal Church in Philadel- 
phia, was elected to membership on the 
Board in 1901 — five years before the actual 
opening of the college. He played a 
major part in laying plans for the college 
and in guiding it through the years. For 
many of these years he served as President 
of the Board and in 1933 he became Presi- 

Mr. Fergus Reid, of Norfolk, became a 
member of the Board in 1905 and after 
years of devoted service as a member and 
as Vice-President, he succeeded Dr. Gram- 
mer as President of the Board in 1933. 
Always ready to serve the college and re- 
sponsive to every request for advice and 
assistance, he gave the Mary Helen Cochran 
Library to Sweet Briar in 1929 as a memo- 
rial to his mother. 

Mr. A. D. Payne, of Lynchburg, Presi- 
dent of the Lynchburg Trust and Savings 
Bank, has been a member of the Board 
since 1918. He is secretary of the Board 
and a member of the Executive Committee. 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

Mr. Allen Cucullu, President of the 
Lynchburg National Bank and Trust Com- 
pany, was elected to the Board in 1925 and 
to the Executive Committee in 1930. He is 
now chairman of that committee. 

Mr. R. L. Cumnock, of Altavista, has 
been a Board member since 1921 and for 
six years was chairman of the Executive 
Committee. He is still a member of that 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett (Eugenia Grif- 
fin), of Richmond, was elected to member- 
ship in 1921. Mrs. Burnett received her 
degree at Sweet Briar in 1910 as a member 
of the first graduating class. She is also 
a member of the Executive Committee. 

Senator Carter Glass joined the Board in 
1927 and, while his official duties in Wash- 
ington have not permitted him to serve 
actively on the various committees, he has 
had the interests of the college at heart and 
his connection with the institution has been 
of great value to Sweet Briar. 

Mr. James D. Mooney, of New York, 
Vice-President of General Motors and 
President of General Motors Export Cor- 
poration, was elected to membership in 
1927 and is a member of the Committee on 
Endowment. He has been actively inter- 
ested in everything that concerned Sweet 

Dr. Meta Glass, President of the Col- 
lege, became an overseer in 1929 and is a 
member of the Executive Committee, the 
Committee on Buildings and Grounds and 
of the Endowment Committee. 

Dr. James Morrison, one of Lynchburg's 
prominent physicians, became a member 
of the Board in 1930 and was elected to 
life membership in 1933. He is a member 
of the Executive Committee and is Chair- 
man of the Farm Committee. 

Dr. Beverley D. Tucker, Jr., Rector of 
St. Paul's Church at Richmond, was made 
a member of the Board in 1930 and became 
a life member in 1934. He is chairman of 
the Committee on Endowment. 

Mrs. A. K. Balls (Elizabeth Franke, '13) 
of Washington, D. C, was elected an alum- 
nae member of the Board in 1934. She is 
a member of the Committee on Endowment 
and of the Farm Committee. 

Mr. Edward Jenkins, of New York and 
Virginia, Financial Advisor of General 
Motors Corporation, was elected to mem- 
bership in 1936 and is a member of the 
Committee on Investments and Finance. 

Mr. Robert W. Daniel, of Brandon, Vir- 
ginia, became a member of the Board in 
May, 1937, and is a member of the Com- 
mittee on Endowment. Mr. Daniel, a na- 
tive of Richmond and educated there and 
at the University of Virginia, was formerly 
President of the Liberty National Bank of 
New York. He returned to Virginia some 
years ago and is a member of the State 
Senate and of the Virginia State Board of 

Mrs. H. 0. Schneider (Margaret Grant, 
'15) of Peekskill, New York, is secretary 
of the Committee on Social Security of the 
Social Science Research Council. She has 
published a number of books and articles 
dealing with social and economic prob- 
lems. Mrs. Schneider is an alumnae mem- 
ber of the Board and begins her active con- 
nection this fall. 

The Board of Overseers is responsible 
for the operation and management of the 
college. It appoints the President and 
upon the recommendation of the President 
appoints all others who serve the institu- 
tion. It has charge of all financial matters, 
including investments and expenditures. It 
is concerned with the public relations of 
the college and with the general manage- 
ment of the plant, the farm and all other 

The Board has had a fixed policy through 
the years of leaving educational problems 
to educational experts for solution. This 
means that the. President and faculty have 
had the. support of the Overseers and no 
interference in professional matters. The 
Board has considered that it was respon- 
sible for providing and maintaining a sat- 
isfactory plant and equipment, adequate 
salaries in order to attract and hold the 
best talent available for instruction, and an 
atmosphere that would encourage free dis- 
cussion and sound learning without handi- 
cap or hindrance. 

Plans for the future call for an increased 
endowment in order to stabilize the finan- 
cial situation, for better salaries, and for 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 

a plan of retirement for faculty and staff 
members. A building to house an. ade- 
quate auditorium, as well as instruction in 
the fine arts, is second on the list. A science 
building, a chapel, an administration build- 
ing and one additional dormitory are in- 
cluded in the Board's plans. 

Sweet Briar has been fortunate in its 
leadership. The good work and spirit of its 

faculty together with the loyalty and en- 
thusiasm of its students and alumnae have 
enabled the college to make rapid strides 
in the relatively brief period of years since 
its doors were opened for the first time. 

All of this gives assurance that, if the 
alumnae are alive to die aims and needs of 
Sweet Briar, even greater progress will 
mark the years that lie ahead. 

A Letter from Margaret Grant Schneider 

(Editor's Note: The following letter was receiv 
garet Grant Schneider, '15, our newly elected alum 

Oince I HAVE returned home I have 
thought a great deal about the few days I 
spent at Sweet Briar and about the new re- 
lationship to the college. 

"I wish that all the alumnae might know 
the thoughts which I tried to convey to 
those who were present at the Alumnae 
dinner: that I am proud indeed of the hon- 
or of being an Alumnae Member of die 
Board of Overseers for the next six years; 
that besides being proud of the honor I 
am really delighted with die opportunity 
to be associated with the next several years 

ed by your secretary on June 14, 1937, from Mar- 
na member of the Board of Overseers.) 

of Sweet Briar's development which I am 
sure will be interesting and constructive, an 
opportunity in itself most welcome to re- 
turn to Sweet Briar from time to time to 
watch and keep in touch with this develop- 

"On the whole, I am certain, as Bessie 
Franke Balls enthusiastically assures me, 
that my experience on the Board will be 
most interesting and valuable to me. I 
feel that the alumnae have really given me 
a great deal to be grateful for." 


JJr. H. Gary Hudson, who joined the 
Sweet Briar faculty in 1931 and for the 
past four years has been head of the His- 
tory Deparmtent at Sweet Briar, has re- 
signed to accept the presidency of Illinois 
College at Jacksonville, Illinois. Dr. Nora 
Neill Raymond, professor of History, who 
was on sabbatical leave for 1936-37, has 
been appointed Acting Head of the Depart- 
ment for next year and Dr. Eva Sanford 
has been added to the staff as assistant pro- 
fessor of Ancient History. Dr. Sanford 
comes to Sweet Briar from the faculty of 
Flora Stone Mather College of Western 
Reserve University where she has been 
since 1925, first as instructor and later as 
assistant professor. She is a graduate of 
Radcliffe College, having taken her A. B. 
degree summa cum laude and with Phi 
Beta Kappa honors. She did graduate work 
at Yale and Columbia universities, took her 
M. A. and Ph.D. degrees from Radcliffe 

and studied at the school of Classical 
Studies of the American Academy in Rome. 
She has worked in various European uni- 
versities and is known as a productive 
scholar in her special field of Ancient and 
Medieval History. Dr. Sanford is offering 
a new course for freshmen, "Life and 
Thought in the Twelfth and Thirteenth 

Three members of Sweet Briar's faculty 
will be on sabbatical leave throughout the 
coming year, Miss M. Dee Long, professor 
of English; Miss Jessie Fraser, associate 
professor of History, and Dr. Florence 
Hague, associate professor of Biology. 
After spending some time in New York, 
Miss Long will sail for England, where she 
will study and travel. Miss Fraser will be 
engaged on a special project, editing the 
letters of Arthur Lee, and will divide her 
time between several special collections. 
Miss Janet MacDonald, who came to Sweet 
Briar last year to substitute for Mrs. Ray- 


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October, 1937 

mond, will continue in the department dur- 
ing Miss Fraser's absence. Dr. Hague will 
study at the University of Michigan and at 
the Marine Biological Station on the Pacif- 
ic coast. To substitute for her comes Miss 
Elsie Herbold, a graduate of Kalamazoo 
College, who took her M. S. degree from 
the University of Michigan and has been 
working toward her doctorate there. 

Dr. Lucy Crawford, head of the Depart- 
ment of Philosophy, Psychology and Edu- 
cation, will be on sabbatical leave for the 
first semester of next year and will be in 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, engaged on a 
piece of writing. Mr. Marcus B. Mallett 
has been appointed an instructor in Philos- 
ophy to serve in the department during 
her absence. Mr. Mallett took his bach- 
elor's degree from St. Stephen's College 
and has done graduate work at Columbia 
University. He spent last year working on 
his doctoral thesis in Rome on a fellow- 
ship from the International Education 

Returning to Sweet Briar this year is 
Miss Miriam Weaver of the Music Depart- 
ment, who was on sabbatical leave last 
year studying at the University of Chicago. 
To the Department of Music also comes 
Miss Lucile Umbreit as an instructor. Miss 
Umbreit took her M. A. degree from Vas- 
sal - College, where for two years she held 
the Marston Fellowship, and assisted in the 
Music Department. For 1936-37 she held 
the Barrett Fellowship in Music from Wel- 
lesley and worked at Harvard and Radcliff e 
toward the Ph.D. degree in Music. 

Miss Mary J. Pearl, who was on sabbati- 
cal leave last year working on her doctoral 
thesis at the University of Michigan, re- 
turns to the Department of Greek and 
Latin. Miss Ethel Ramage, of the English 
Department, will also return to Sweet 
Briar after a two year's leave, during which 
time she has been working toward her doc- 
tor's degree at the University of Wisconsin. 

Dr. Gertrude Malz has been promoted 
from an instructor to an assistant profes- 
sor of Greek and Latin, and Mr. Cameron 
King has been promoted from instructor 
to assistant professor of English. 

In the Department of Physical Educa- 
tion, Miss Anne L. Delano has resigned and 
Miss Betty Jean King will take her place 
as assistant in Physical Education. Miss 
King is a graduate of the University of 
Wisconsin and has taught at the Roosevelt 
Junior High School in Appleton, Wiscon- 

Miss Elizabeth W. Steptoe, for many 
years assistant librarian at Sweet Briar, 
has resigned and will take up her residence 
in Charlottesville, Virginia. Miss Pauline 
Lowe, of the New York Public Library, has 
been appointed assistant in the library. 
Miss Lowe took her B. A. degree from the 
University of Nebraska and her B. S. in 
Library Service from Columbia University. 
Before going to the New York Public Li- 
brary she served as general assistant in the 
city library of Lincoln, Nebraska, and as 
student assistant in the School of Business 
Library at Columbia LIniversity. Another 
change in the library staff has been occa- 
sioned by the resignation of Mrs. Preston 
Edwards and the appointment of Miss 
Catherine Schenck as library assistant. 

Upon the resignation of Mrs. Jane K. W. 
Jensen, who has been director of refec- 
tories since 1919, Mrs. Linda Spence Brown 
has been appointed to that office. Mrs. 
Brown is a graduate of the University of 
Texas, and took her Master's degree, work- 
ing in Institutional Economics, from the 
University of Chicago. She has had varied 
experience, including cafeteria manage- 
ment at the University of Texas; teaching 
institutional economics at Iowa State Col- 
lege; serving as director of the Faculty 
Club at Ohio State University, and as man- 
ager of the Columbus, Ohio, Country Club. 
Mrs. Brown will have as her secretary a 
Sweet Briar alumna, Mrs. Broaddus 
Thompson, of Columbia, South Carolina, 
who was Jane Guignard, of the class of 

Two persons have been added to the staff 
of the Alumnae Office and the office of 
Public Relations jointly, Miss Mary Marks, 
'35, as secretary, and Miss Virginia Chip- 
ley as clerical assistant. 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 

Mrs. Allan Davis Heads Alumnae Fund 

V-.OMES OCTOBER, and with it the begin- 
ning of the Fund's fifth year together with 
the pleasure of presenting to you all Dor- 
othy Hamilton Davis, '26, Fund Chairman 
for' 1937-39. 

Dottie, who is Mrs. Allan C. Davis of 
Baltimore, is well equipped to handle the 
new duties confronting her. Last year she 
served, very capably, as assistant chairman 
of the Fund, so that she has already gained 
much knowledge concerning its workings. 
Other than that, her talents have been ex- 
pended in the aid of many charitable, civic, 
and welfare projects in Baltimore, giving 
her a broad background for this task. For 
example, there have been Community Fund, 
Red Cross, Y. M. C. A., Peabody Conser- 
vatory of Music, and Woman's Hospital 
drives for which she has worked; she is 
actively concerned with the Woman's Club 
of Roland Park: and she has served as 
publicity chairman of the alumnae activi- 
ties of the Friends School. Sweet Brair 
alumnae of Baltimore chose her as their 
president several years ago. 

But what sort of a person is she, yju 
ask? Immediately her enthusiastic friends 
jump up to tell you of her charm, her 
gaiety, her spontaneous friendliness, her 
broad and sincere interest in many things 
both in and out of her home, her energy, 
and her capability. 

During her college years, Dottie was 
especially interested in music, serving as 
song leader sophomore year and as college 
song leader later. Paint and Patches 
claimed her, and successive May Days saw 
her as a dancer and as a member of the 
Court. In addition, she played basketball 
and served on the executive committee of 
the Student Drive. Need you be reminded 
of the fact that the Drive functioned for 
the purpose of raising money for the gym- 
nasium, and that it had a very important 
place in student life for eight or ten years? 

Surely we alumnae are fortunate to have 
such a promising chairman. But never let 
yourselves think for a minute that Dottie 
alone can further the Fund's progress! She 
is depending on each of us to help her. 

That means you shouldn't withhold any 
possible gift to the Fund, no matter how 
small. But don't be content to send in, say, 
three dollars when you can afford to send 

Mrs. Valentine's letter on page four ex- 
plains the new financial plan arranged by 
the college and the Alumnae Association, 
whereby all the money raised by the Fund 
each year is to support a specific college 
project. All money raised this year, with 
the exception of our annual $400 for the 
Manson Memorial Scholarship, will be 
given to the Library of Sweet Briar College. 

With this as our new objective, with Dot- 
tie as our new chairman, and with the com- 
bined efforts of all of us, the Fund in its 
fifth year cannot help but "go to town."' 
Swing into the Fund rhythm and send your 
check to the Alumnae office right away! 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

Class Agents, 1937-1938 

Eugenia Griffin Burnett — Mrs. C. R., 
5906 Three Chopt Road, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

To be announced. 

To be announced. 

Elizabeth Franke Balls — Mrs. A. K., 
3406 Lowell Street, 
Washington, D. C. 

Ruth Maurice Gorrell— Mrs. E. S., 
51 Beach Road, 
Glencoe, Illinois. 

Harriet Evans Wychoff — Mrs. C. Bernard. 
2115 California Street, N. W., 
Washington, D. C. 

Louise Bennett Lord — Mrs. A. C., 
71 Chestnut Street, 
Englewood, New Jersey. 

Henrietta Crump. 
1110 Grove Avenue, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Margaret McVey, 
1417 Grove Avenue, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Florence Freeman Fowler — Mrs. C. S., 
233 Summit Avenue, 
Mount Vernon, New York. 

Dorothy Wallace, 
Goucher College, 
Baltimore, Maryland. 

Kate Cordes Kline — Mrs. A. B„ 
4421 Schenley Farms Terrace, 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Marion Walker Neidlinger — Mrs. Lloyd. 
41 College Street, 
Hanover, New Hampshire, 

Lorna Weber Dowling — Mrs. Robert, 
2983 Euclid Heights Boulevard, 
Cleveland, Ohio. 


Carolyn Flynn Eley — Mrs. R. C, 

12 Glencoe Road, 

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 

Ruth Taylor Franklin— Mrs. D. C, 

221 Lytton Avenue. 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Edna Lee Wood — Mrs. Edna Lee, 
405 East 54th Street, 
New York City. 

Madeline Brown Wood (Mrs. McFarland) 
1135 Manchester Street, 
Norfolk, Virginia. 

Louise Bristol Lindemann — Mrs. R. W., 
18 Chestnut Street, 
Dansville, New York. 

Gertrude Prior, 
Sweet Briar, Virginia. 

Mary Huntingdon Harrison- 
Drake Road, Station M, 
Cincinnati Ohio. 

-Mrs. E. W., 

Natalie Roberts, 
Nestle Brooks Farm, 
Roanoke, Virginia. 

Ruth Kerr, 

743 South George Street, 
York, Pennsylvania. 


Hetty Wells Finn— Mrs. F., 
70 Haven Avenue, 
New York City. 

Marcia Morrison, 
3038 Ruckel Street, 
Indianapolis, Indiana. 


Helen Schneider, 
2903 32nd Street, 
Washington, D. C. 


Katherine Niles Parker — Mrs. F. P.. 
439 West Main Street, 
Danville, Virginia. 

Helen Williamson, 
1103 Wheatland Avenue, 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 


To be announced. 

October. 1937 

Alumnae News 


The Library, and How It Grew 

By Martha von Briesen, '31. 

1 ales of Daisy Williams, of ghostly 
visitors to Sweet Briar House, of The Fire, 
of the first May Day. and of countless 
other incidents in the history of the plan- 
tation and of the college which now rises 
above the fields and orchards have been 
told and retold, cherished 
and embellished, by suc- 
cessive generations of 
Sweet Briar girls. If some 
became almost entirelv 
legendary, with little 
foundation in fact, they 
were none the less charm- 
ing. Many of the most 
delightful and picturesque 
sketches have been set in 
type from time to time in 
the various student publi- 
cations or in this maga- 
zine, but, strangely 
enough, the complete his- 
tory of Sweet Briar's library has apparent- 
ly" been overlooked bv historians and story- 
tellers. Now, when the Alumnae Fund has 
focused its spotlight on the library, a new 
tale may be added to Sweet Briarana. 

When Sweet Briar opened its doors to 
the handful of young women who aspired 
to test its proffered courses in learning, a 
room on the second floor of Academic was 
designated as a library. There, for four 
vears, girls who wore their hair in pom- 
padour stvle and were fashionably clad in 
crisp shirtwaists and sweeping skirts, bent 
over the tables, reading from the small but 
practical collection of books which made 
up the college library. 

Came 1910, and the number of buildings 
in the college group was increased by one 
which had a direct bearing on the young 
life of the library. The new building was 
Manson, which provided the college with a 
chapel. Theretofore. Room I Academic 
had served as chapel and place of general 
assembly. But when the girls returned to 
Sweet Briar in September, 1910, they 
found that Room I Academic had been 
taken over bv the library. 

In those cosy, if somewhat difficult days, 
members of the faculty acted as librarians, 
taking turns at checking books in and out. 
An Englishwoman, Miss Jessie Brown, 
came to Sweet Briar as the first official 
librarian, in 1915, remaining until ill- 
health forced her to resign and return to 
England in the spring of 
1918. At her home in a 
quiet village in Somerset- 
shire, Miss Brown estab- 
lished a small rental li- 
brary, naming it "Sweet 
Briar" in honor of a spot 
in far-away Virginia 
' which she had learned to 

Informality, which was 
the keynote of the library 
in Room I Academic, 
gave way somewhat to 
efficiency under the cap- 
able hands of Miss Nan 
Strudwick, who came from Raleigh in 1919 
to take over the duties of librarian. She 
began the work of re-cataloguing the 
books according to the Dewey system. At 
the end of the year Miss Strudwick resigned 
and was married, and Miss Elizabeth Step- 
toe arrived as her successor. Miss Steptoe 
became an integral part of the growing 
library, having served on its staff from 
1920 until her resignation last year. 

Meanwhile other changes were taking 
place in the library. Slowly and care- 
fully the number of books was being in- 
creased. Funds were far too scarce to per- 
mit the purchase of large quantities of vol- 
umes, but the early guardians of the li- 
brary succeeded in choosing those which 
would be most valuable to a small collec- 
tion. Then there came a day when Room 
I Academic was no longer large enough 
to fill the needs of a library, and for the 
second time, new quarters had to be found. 
Almost on the site of the Mary Helen 
Cochran Library of today stood at that 
time a long, low frame building, painted 
dark green, which had been erected in 
1919 as a Y. W. C. A. hut. Funds for the 


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October, 1937 

hut were raised by the students and by 
friends of Miss Simerall, a member of the 
faculty who proposed the building. Chris- 
tened with ginger ale and doughnuts on 
November 1, 1919, (according to the 1920 
Briar Patch) the hut became a social cen- 
ter for the students. It housed class par- 
ties, a Christmas bazaar, as well as a small 
Sunday school, conducted during 1920-21 
by the college Y.W. for children of the 
tenants on the farm. And it was the scene 
of at least one famous party in the annals 
of the college, given by the faculty for the 
sophomore class. Rumor, that restless 
spring, had it that almost the entire sopho- 
more class had decided not to return to 
Sweet Briar in die fall. But an evening of 
potato races, charades, stunts, and a chick- 
en-salad supper made the waverers see 
Light. Delightedly, the members of the 
faculty congratulated themselves when a 
large registration for the next year fol- 
lowed soon after the party. 

During the summer of 1921 these gaieties 
were put aside, and the "Y" hut took on a 
more dignified aspect, in keeping with the 
importance of its new position in the com- 
munity. Cases for books, tables, and 
lamps were moved into it, and, last of all, 
the small treasure of books which had 
grown too numerous for the confining 
walls of Room I Academic. Offices and 
stacks occupied about half of the long 
room, and window seats were conveniently 
placed along the walls. 

Most certainly the little green library 
would be looked down upon by today's 
students, accustomed as they are to the 
beauty, space, and efficiency of the present 
building. But don't think for a minute,, 
those of you who never knew it, that the 
little green library lacked charm! Girls 
of other days knew the pleasure of coming 
into the room, in out of the cold or rain, 
to ''thaw out" before the crackling fire on 
the wide hearth, lost in the pages of a let- 
ter, a newspaper, a book, or merely in 
thoughts inspired by the warm, leaping 
flames. When no fire was necessary, the 
mantel-piece and the hearth were often 
adorned with vases and jars of flowers, all 
adding to the tone of intimacy which pre- 

Often this intimacy led to too much so- 
ciability; studies were forsaken in favor of' 
more absorbing conversations. But still, 
the reader had the advantage of being close 
to the books. They were all around her, 
merely waiting to be picked up and read. 
She didn't have to ask permission to visit 
the stacks, nor did she have to search very 
long for the books she wanted. 

Members of the faculty enj oyed a special 
privilege during the years of the little 
green library. On Sundays the key hung 
on a hook outside Miss Dix's door, and 
whoever wanted it could take it and claim 
possession of the library. Sometimes, on 
Sunday evenings, a number of students and 
an invited member of the faculty would 
gather there for readings. Especially in 
winter, when the group could draw its 
chairs close about the fire, was this a popu- 
lar diversion. 

But, after a few years had passed, the 
increasing number of books began to over- 
flow the stacks, and a larger student body 
found the little green building too small 
for its demands. The charms of the place 
were forgotten as both students and faculty 
complained of the inadequate space, the 
still-inadequate supply of books. 

When Mr. Fergus Reid, long a loyal and 
generous member of the Board of Direc- 
tors of the college, announced in 1928 that 
he would give Sweet Briar a library in 
memory of his mother, great was the jubi- 
lation and appreciation on the part of 
alumnae, students, faculty, and friends of 
the college. All watched the progress of 
the building with keen interest, and looked 
forward eagerly to its completion. 

Commencement, 1929, saw the laying of 
the cornerstone, and the next Founders' 
Day, marked the opening of the Mary 
Helen Cochran Library, which instantly 
won approval from all its beholders as a 
building of singular beauty and as an en- 
tirely pleasing storehouse for Sweet Briar's 
books. Enthusiastically students and their 
parents, alumnae, friends of the college 
and faculty members joined in purchasing 
books for the special collection to be main- 
tained in the Browsing Room. It was won- 
derful to have so many conveniences and 
comforts in the way of equipment and fix- 

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tures, so much space, and best of all. to 
have funds for new books. 

These funds, which were so sorely need- 
ed, came principally from the Carnegie 
Corporation of New York, which was at 
that time making a study of the libraries 
of several colleges and was giving them 
both advice and financial assistance. The 
Corporation aimed thereby to stimulate 
these libraries to carry on more effectively. 
Beginning in 1928. and continuing in four 
installments to 1932, a total of $28,000 was 
given to Sweet Briar at a time when the 
sum meant an enormous amount in the 
growth of the library. Most of the money 
came while the collection in the Mary 
Helen Cochran Library was being built up, 
and it truly served the purpose which the 
Corporation hoped it would; to start the 
library on its present scale of usefulness. 
At the same time, college appropriations 
for the library increased in every way pos- 

But the Carnegie gift, having accomplish- 
ed its purpose, ceased at Sweet Briar in 
1932, as it did at other colleges. It is im- 
possible for the college to appropriate 


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funds to cover the loss suffered by the li- 
brary budget when the Carnegie gift came 
to an end, yet at the same time the college 
feels committed to keep up the good work 
which the Carnegie gift enabled the admin- 
istration to start in the library. The pres- 
ent enlarged curriculum offerings make in- 
creasingly heavy demands on the library, 
as does the fact that modern trends in edu- 
cation tend to call for fewer textbooks and 
more readings from a wide selection of 

All of which means that Sweet Briar's 
library today stands greatly in need of 
financial aid if it, and the college with it, 
is to maintain its present high grade of 
usefulness. It was with the hope of being 
able to help the college as far as possible 
to supply the funds necessary for the con- 
tinued growth of the library that the direc- 
tors of the Alumnae Association voted in 
June to give all the money collected by the 
1937-38 Alumnae Fund to the Mary Helen 
Cochran Library. They, and the adminis- 
tration, wish to stress that the library is 
still growing, and is still in urgent need of 
more funds to promote growth, even though 
it has come a long way since the days of the 
little green hut, which now painted white 
and moved to Elijah's Road still serves the 
college as "The Music Box," 
official home of the Music De- 

When the new building was 
opened, Miss Doris Lomer left 
the staff of McGill University 
in Montreal, where she had 
served for several years, to 
come to Sweet Briar as Head 
Librarian, and to her belongs 
much credit for making the 
library as efficient, useful, and 
attractive as it is today. Not 
only has she ably directed the 
technical businesses which must 
go on every day, but she has, 
by constantly presenting new 
and attractive displays of the 
library's treasures, stimu- 
lated a livelier interest on 
the part of the students 
along many lines, any one 
of which they may follow 
into wider channels for 



Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

Over the Secretary's Desk 

JUST A YEAR ago I was having my an- 
nual visit with you from the Cabin never 
dreaming that this year I would be writing 
you from the new Alumnae Office, Number 
6 Fletcher. It was a great pull on the 
heart strings to leave the Cabin which has 
served us so long for an office but in the 
interest of efficiency it was necessary. The 
change has been most helpful from every 
standpoint but I actually find myself wan- 
dering to the Cabin for peace and inspira- 
tion. You will, however, have as warm a 
welcome in our new office as was waiting 
for you at the Cabin where the latch string- 
was always out. 

The summer has brought many letters 
which indicate the great success of our 
first alumnae college. Again we express 
to Dr. Crawford our appreciation of the 
very high standard that she set for us. 

The college is full to overflowing, 453 
students are now registered, of this number 
4.35 are in the dormitories, this is an in- 
crease of three over the dormitory capa- 
city last year as the guest suite in Cram- 
mer has been used for three freshmen. 
Eight students are living in faculty houses, 
and there are ten day students. In addition 
to this number there are three students who 
are at St. Andrews University in Scotland 
for their Junior year and three with the 
foreign study group at the Sorbonne. Mary 
Buchanan and Lottie Lewis of Durham, 
North Carolina, and Gracey Luckett of 
Louisville, Kentucky, are at St. Andrews. 
Julia Ridgely of Towson, Maryland, Sarah 
Tarns of Tams, West Virginia, and Julia 
Worthington of Washington, D. C, are at 
the Sorbonne in Paris. 

Sweet Briar continues to have a wide 
distribution of students, Virginia leads 
with sixty-nine and New York is second 
with sixty-eiaht. New Jersey is third and 
North Carolina and Pennsylvania tie for 
fourth place. 

Fifty-three students are on the Dean's 
list for the first semester. Of this number 
thirty are seniors; thirteen juniors, and ten 
sophomores. The junior honor students 
are Sarah Tams, Viola James, Janet 

Thorpe, Mary Elizabeth Barge, Priscilla 
Rhodes and Anna Espach. This honor 
based on the complete work of the first 
two years carries with it special study pri- 

President Glass spoke at the opening 
convocation outlining "A Pattern for a 
College Year." In her talk she listed four 
major requirements for a satisfactory year 
that such a program should have. First, 
it should provide for a "stretching of 
minds and a buttressing and supporting of 
what has been extended." Second, it should 
furnish a proving ground for ideas in daily 
life and for the building of a standard of 
values. Third, it should include "a mas- 
tery of creative leisure." Fourth, it should 
increase "ways that lead out to spiritual 
breadth and depth." In closing she made 
a wish for the student body for the coming 
year: "Hard work that you may be able to 
do, revivifying leisure, and the blessedness 
of beholding face to face the incalculable 

As we start the fall we are deep in plans 
which cover every phase of our work, but 
we are especially interested in the change 
in financing. Because the administration 
has shown its faith in us, we must show our 
appreciation of this faith, therefore, please 
heed the urge to give to the Library of 
Sweet Briar College and send your Fund 
contributions as soon as possible. We 
could have saved well over one hundred 
dollars last year if everyone who finally 
contributed had done so before December 
first. Do you know any easier way of sav- 
ing money? The expense involved in gen- 
tle reminders is something that we are anx- 
ious to avoid; you alone can help us. 

Of prime importance to the office is news 
of every one of you. I am sure that our 
achievement file is incomplete because we 
do not have your new degrees, your new 
job, paid or volunteer, your advanced 
study or your course in short hand; all of 
which is important for us to know. Even 
the smallest item is helpful. You have no 
idea the number of requests that come to 
the college, for secretaries, teachers, book- 

October. 1937 

Alumnae News 


keepers, interior decorators and for the 
dozen and one other professions which wo- 
men are following today. I do, therefore, 
urge you to forgo your modesty and keep 
us informed. And this brings me to an- 
other all-important point, the question of 
changed addresses. Every time one oi you 
moves without notifying the office of your 
new address it is costly. We must not only 
pay for the publication that has gone 
astray, but we must also pay the Post Of- 
fice to tell us that you have moved. They 
do not tell us where, consequently we must 
write and ask for your new address. Each 
new address in itself is not so expensive. 
Please do not for one minute think that we 
think you are not worth this time and 
money, but from little sums do millions 
grow and we are at that point where little 
sums seem exceedingly large. Your co- 
operation in this matter will be greatly 

Our Clubs have gotten off to an earlier 
start than usual this year and we look for 
very prosperous results from them. They 
are most enthusiastic about raising money r 
for the Library and even now plans are 
under way- for special benefits by some of 
the Clubs. Several Clubs have found that 
mother and daughter teas are popular 
whereas others have concentrated on the 
new students entering this fall. Whatever 
their plans may be we know that our Clubs 
will always be the backbone of our Alum- 
nae Association. The December Alumnae 
News will carry special articles on both 
the Pittsburgh and the Northern New Jer- 
sey Clubs. 

We are still very much in the merchan- 
dising business. We continue to have for 
sale the ever-popular Sweet Briar china, 
see advertisement on the inside front cover. 
The lithographs will solve your problem 
for Christmas presents and the Daisy Dolls, 

made by the Cleveland Club, will be a 
great boon to Santa Claus. A Daisy Doll 
for every Sweet Briar granddaughter is no 
idle saying. If you wish to have the doll's 
dress match your child's dress, just send a 
half yard of material to the office and it 
will be sent to Cleveland where the dolls 
are made. Twenty-five etchings of the 
"Old Oak Tree" remain and are for sale at 
fifty cents each, which is a great bargain. 
Please remember that we are still saving 
soap coupons. 

The items concerning improvements, 
sports and general campus news have been 
covered in the article by Janice Wiley, 
President of Student Government. The 
written word cannot adequately tell of the 
appreciation of the students for the im- 
provements in Gray and Carson. Nothing 
has escaped the eagle eyes of Miss Glass 
and Mr. Abbitt. Frigidaires have been in- 
stalled for ice water, and quantities of floor 
plugs have been put in every room. Alum- 
nae who have returned to campus have all 
been estatic about the renovation of those 
two buildings. 

On my way back to Sweet Briar this fall 
I stopped at Eaglesmere, Pennsylvania, to 
be the guest speaker at the meeting of Dis- 
trict 11 of the American Alumni Council. 
My work for the Council this year as Di- 
rector of Regional Conferences will not be 
so confining as last year when president. 
It will take me to several district meetings 
in cities where we have large Clubs. I 
look forward with much pleasure to at- 
tending Club meetings in those cities. 

And finally, may I remind you that a col- 
lege can grow no faster or finer than grows 
the loving ambition of its daughters. Its 
successful work may attract admiration. It 
will enlist friends. But the driving wheel 
of steady progress is the enthusiastic, un- 
tiring ambition of its alumnae. 

Founders' Day 

Founders' Day falls this year on Fri- 
day, October 29. Dr. Mary Wooley, for- 
mer President of Mount Holyoke will be 
the speaker. Alumnae who plan to return 

will please advise the Alumnae Office as 
so.on as possible so that adequate arrange- 
ments may be made for their stay while 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

Testing in the Freshman Stride 

By Mrs. Bernice Drake Lill, Registrar 

1 hose WHO think of examinations as 
the dread conclusion of each year should 
see the spirit with which new students en- 
ter into the testing program at the opening 
of college. Beginning with the use of a 
psychological examination in 1928, the 
program of testing during freshman week 
has developed into an interesting series of 
tests. First on the program this year was 
the French placement test, which had been 
used with success in 1936. The Coopera- 
tive French test was selected for the meas- 
urement of achievement in grammar, vo- 
cabulary and reading. This was supple- 
mented by the Lundeberg-Tharp Audition 
Test, a test which we had not previously 
used. It is designed to gauge the student's 
comprehension of spoken French and so to 
serve as a basis of choice between courses 
conducted primarily in French and those 
conducted in English. These tests occupied 
most of the morning of the opening day. 

In the afternoon all 
new students took the hy- 
giene achievement test, 
devised by members of 
our Department of Hy- 
giene and Physical Edu- 
cation. Students who did 
well on this test were ex- 
empted from the requir- 
ed lectures in hygiene. 
An English achievement 
test, devised by members 
of the department con- 
cerned, was given to the 
comparatively small 
number of students who wished to be ex- 
empted from the required course in Eng- 
lish composition. 

The American Council Psychological 

Examination, a test of general scholastic 
ability which we have been using ever 
since 1928, was given the following morn- 
ing. The ratings on this test are recorded 
on the permanent and personnel records 
for the use of members of the faculty and 
the administration in guidance. Some stu- 
dents had taken a previous edition of this 
test at their schools as one of our admis- 
sion measurements; others had taken the 
Scholastic Aptitude Test of the College 
Board. The September test, given under 
uniform conditions, serves as a check on 
the test given in the various schools. 

During these opening days other tests 
arranged for groups or individuals were 
being conducted. The busiest center was 
the gymnasium, for in that building is lo- 
cated the laboratory for speech recordings, 
on the basis of which students were recom- 
mended to take Spoken English or to come 
to the laboratory for conferences on speech 
correction. To the gymnasium also came 
all new students for the 
required physical exam- 

The program of tests 
got under way so 
promptly and the scor- 
ing was carried through 
with such efficiency this 
year that the results of 
the French and hygiene 
tests were available to 
advisers before confer- 
ences began with advis- 
ers on the freshman pro- 
gram of studies. There 
was no straggling or shirking about taking 
the tests. The new students were ready and 
eager at each appointed time, taking the 
tests with interest and even with zest. 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Do You Know Your College? 

I he Sweet Briar Alumnae Club' en- 
tertained the Class of 1937 last spring 
at a party. The following questionnaire 
afforded part of the amusement for the 
evening. The interest in the contest 
spread from the seniors to the com- 
munity including the members of the Board 

1. Q. What color is the Sweet Briar 
rose ? 

2. Q. In whose memory was Sweet Briar 
founded, and by whom? 

3. Q. Who was Elijah Fletcher? 

4. Q. Did Sweet Briar begin as a four- 
year college or as an academy? 

5. Q. Has there ever been a preparatory 
department in connection with the 

6. Q. Name the presidents of Sweet 
Briar in their order. 

7. Q. What style of architecture are the 
Sweet Briar buildings? 

8. Q. Who was the architect? 

9. Q. List the original buildings and tell 
for whom they are named. 

10. Q. Name the remaining buildings in 
order of their erection. 

11. Q. When and how did Sweet Briar 
get its name? 

12. Q. Who was Aunt Lily Bell, and 
where did she live? 

13. Q. When and where was Daisy born? 

14. Q. When and where did Daisy die? 

15. Q. When did Mrs. Williams die? 

16. Q. Why does the date 1901 appear 
on the Sweet Briar seal? 

17. Q. How much money did Mrs. Wil- 
liams leave to found the college, and 
what is the present endowment? 

18. Q. How many acres did Mrs. Wil- 
liams leave for the college and how 
many are now owned by Sweet Briar? 

19. Q. When did Sweet Briar open and 
with how many students? 

of Overseers who were here for their an- 
nual spring meeting. The results were 
startling! Test and score yourself on these 
questions. Perfect score 210; five points 
on each question. The answers to these 
questions may be found on page 21. 

20. Q. When did the first class graduate, 
and how many were in the class? 

21. Q. Name the student organizations 
established during 1906-07. 

22. Q. When was the first May Day held? 

23. Q. When was the first tea house 
established, and what has always been 
its purpose? 

24. Q. When was the first Founders' Day, 
and what traditions were associated 
with it? 

25. Q. Has the Sweet Briar degree always 
been accepted by universities and col- 
leges for post graduate work? 

26. Q. Has Sweet Briar any church or 
state affiliations? 

27. Q. Does Sweet Briar still accept stu- 
dents for the B.S. degree? 

28. Q. What type of a college is Sweet 

29. Q. How many members are there on 
the faculty? 

30. Q. How many volumes in the Sweet 
Briar Library? 

31. Q. How many miles is Sweet Briar 
from the University! of Virginia, 
Washington and Lee, Richmond, and 
Washington, D. C? 

32. Q. What is the altitude at the quad- 

33. Q. When was the Alumnae Associa- 
tion founded? 

34. Q. Are there alumnae representatives 
on the Board of Overseers? If so, 
how many? 

35. Q. When was a resident Alumnae 
Secretary installed? 

36. Q. Does the Alumnae Secretary have 
to be a Sweet Briar graduate? 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

37. Q. What does the Alumnae Office 
have for sale? 

38. Q. What and when is Sweet Briar 

39. Q. Why is it important to send your 
change of name and address to the 

Alumnae Office? 

40. Q. Why is it important to keep the 
Alumnae Office posted on your activi- 
ties after graduation? 

41. Q. How is it possible to receive the 
Alumnae News? 

42. Q. Why is it important to affiliate 
yourself with the Alumnae Club in 
your city? 

We Point With Pride to~ 

Oonvere Jones Burwell, '34, who re- 
ceived her Ph.D. in June from the Univer- 
sity of North Carolina. Her thesis was on 
"The Relation of Hagelian Epistemology 
to the Development of Individuality." This 
was published by the University in a bul- 
letin "Studies in Philosophy, No. 12." 
Connie has been awarded the Kenan Fel- 
lowship for 1937-1938 and she will divide 
her time studying at the Universities of 
Heidelberg and Berlin. 

Martha Lou Lemmon, '34, who received 
her Ph.D. from Cornell last June. Her 
thesis was on "A Psychological Consider- 
ation of the Analogy." This whiter she 
will be an Instructor in Psychology and 
Head Resident of MacGregor Hall at Colo- 
rado College in Colorado Springs. 

A poem entitled "Children." (Waikiki, 
1936) by Jamie Sexton Holme, ex '11, 
which appeared in the New York Times, 
October 3, 1937. 

Josephine Happ who was accorded high 
recognition for her work at St. Andrews 
last year. In the class of General Moral 
Philosophy she obtained die first place in 
the First Rank of Honours and was awarded 
a fine bronze medal, in Special Philos- 
ophy she was second in the First Rank of 
Honours, and in General Philosophy she 

obtained the sixth place in the First Rank 
of Honours. 

The letter from Dr. A. Blyth Webster, 
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor 
of English at St. Andrews. He says in 
speaking of the four Sweet Briar girls who 
were there last year, "I venture to add 
something about the Sweet Briar students 
at St. Andrews in 1936-37. I doubt if we 
have ever had visiting students who have 
so commended and established themselves 
in character, conduct and personality, and 
this not only in University circles but in 
social circles in St. Andrews. They leave a 
host of friends, and warm friends, behind; 
and everyone regrets their going." In 
speaking of Margaret Weimer's work Dr. 
Webster says "On the whole year's work 
my judgment would be that she reached a 
standard equal to that of the First-Class 
Certificate of the Scottish graduating stu- 
dent. We have not had as good work from 
any previous student from Sweet Briar, 
and Miss Weimer is entitled to all the 
credit and distinction you can give her for 
her year's English studies here." All four 
students were commended for their aca- 
demic work, Dr. Webster closed his state- 
ment with the sentence "I hope this may 
bear witness to the opinion of their teach- 
ers that their stay here has been, from our 
point of view, an entire success; we hope 
it has been so from theirs and from yours." 

October, J 937 

Ali mnae News 


Student Government President Writes to the Alumnae 

cause thev are either deliberately or care- 
lessly neglected. I rejoice to see the very 
keen awareness of tradition apparent in 
this year's Senior class. Members of the 
class are both eager to strengthen Hying 
traditions and to revive some long dead. 
Perhaps their responsive attitude will be a 
contagious one. 

Those of us who came back to take up 
our residence in Gray Hall and Carson 
Hall found our quarters unexpectedly de- 
lightful. Without the loss of their very 
charming quality of having been lived in, 
the two buildings have been entirely ren- 
ovated. New floors and light woodwork 
have added a new graciousness to living. 
Frequent floor plugs eliminate the old nec- 
essity for a tangle of wires on wall, floor 
and ceiling. Dark-toned armchairs, and 
desk chairs with colorful leather seats add 
notes of comfort and warmth. Needless to 
say, with such possibilities on hand, per- 
sonal interior decorating has found new 
inspiration. Deep appreciation is felt by 
those who live in these two dormitories, 
and likewise by those who look forward to 
living in them. 

Under the head of Student Government, 
new efforts are being made in several dis- 
tinct fields. The Orientation Committee is 
carrying out a splendid program of indi- 
vidual attention to each new student. The 
Committee is bent particularly on point- 
ing out to new students the ways to im- 
mediate participation in campus life. 
Even while the Committee is active, it is 
studying the success of its action, and seek- 
ing constructive criticism. The members 
seem to have a realization of the delicacy 
of their job and its far-reaching influences. 

Under the guidance of the Executive 
Committee of Student Government, the 
program of initiation of Freshmen by 
Sophomores has undergone a thorough re- 
modeling. Last spring I represented the 
Executive Committee in informally discus- 
sing the Sophomore-Freshman situation 
with the Freshman class. They were quick 
to recognize the harmful methods in the 
old program and ready to substitute more 
constructive methods. They realized the 

Janice Wiley 
Dear Alumnae: 

Upon the occasion of Opening Con- 
vocation, the event that formally initiates 
the academic year, we are all impressed by 
a deep sense of continuity. We think not 
only of that particular Convocation, but 
also of such an occasion which has be- 
longed to many years past and which will 
belong to many years to come. With this 
idea of linkage to the past and future in 
our minds, we make our resolutions for tire 
coming academic year. With this idea in 
mind, we dedicate ourselves to the kind of 
achievement that the process of the years 
will find most fruitful and most enduring. 

Tradition is an offspring of this sense of 
continuity that we are prone to feel. To 
the minds of Seniors the meaning of in- 
herited traditions acquires a new force. 
They usually enjoy the fact that they are 
in a position to take a custom out of the 
hands of the past and give it into the hands 
of the future. But some traditions die be- 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

entire program, if handled correctly, could 
be an aid to the Freshmen's adjustment to 
college life. 

The class chose a committee of five 
headed by an elected chairman to conduct 
their initiation of the rising Freshmen class 
this fall. The program is now successfully 
underway. The apron-and-bead tradition 
has been preserved as it serves as a means 
of identifying Freshmen to each other and 
to upperclassmen. Three nights out of 
the first three weeks will be devoted to af- 
ter-dinner entertainment by Freshmen in 
the Common Room. This entertainment 
will be prepared ahead of time and is so 
arranged that each Freshman must partici- 
pate at least once. Questionnaires are to 
be conducted based on the history and 
background of Sweet Briar and the tradi- 
tions that accompany campus life. At the 
end of the three-week period Freshman- 
Sophomore Day will occur. A lot of the 
more slapstick features will be eliminated 
from that day. From their weekly enter- 
tainments the Freshmen should have dis- 
covered enough of the real abilities in their 
class to make their Circus quite a master- 
piece of entertainment. 

Friday night continues to be the festive 
night of the week. In the dining room 
candles and more dressy clothes than usual 
contribute to such festivity. This year the 
victrola purchased by the Social Commit- 
tee will provide music at dinner. The 
main purpose of the victrola, however, is 
to provide music for the Saturday night 
dances when the occasion isn't great 
enough to demand an orchestra. Another 
added attraction to the big Refectory is the 
balcony which has been furnished as a 
reception room. This means a convenient 
and different place where College guests 
can be entertained at after-dinner coffee. 

In the realm of the Athletic Association, 
two great projects are underway. A site 
for the Outing Cabin has been selected. 
The actual building will progress as soon 
as weather permits. This spot, though 

only a few minutes from the immediate 
campus, is far enough removed to have a 
charm of its own. The Cabin is expected 
to contribute not only to the athletic phase 
but also to the social phase of life at 
Sweet Briar. 

The second significant project, nearer 
completion than the Cabin, is a dance 
studio in the basement of the Gymnasium. 
The proportions of this room are almost 
those of the small Gymnasium. Venetian 
blinds and light drapes will complete the 
decoration of die room. Now that the 
dance is of such universal interest at Sweet 
Briar, this new studio will prove a con- 
tinuous place of dance practice and dance 
production. It represents a wholesome 
blend of the departments of Fine Arts and 

The heads of the Y. W. C. A. have begun 
dieir year inspired by their attendance at 
the Student Christian Movement Confer- 
ence at Silver Bay last June. During this 
fall the officers and the Cabinet of the Y. 
W. will go off together to spend a week- 
end in a Cabin at Timber Lake. There 
they will mix business-like planning with 
sheer fun. The President of Y.W. is quite 
confident that this week-end apart will 
prove to the executive group its own capa- 
city for working and playing as a unit. 

I have attempted to give to all of you 
to whom it is still important some per- 
spective of what this year at Sweet Briar 
holds. What I have told is merely a gen- 
eral background against which the many, 
many details will be outlined. We start 
off in the most healthy frame of mind. We 
are sure the year has inexhaustible poten- 
tialities. Those of us who are Seniors hope 
to convert some of these potentialities into 
a reality before we go. We would not 
want to become alumnae without adding 
to the splendid heritage already accumu- 
lated by the classes that have gone before. 

Very sincerely, 

Janice Wiley. 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Answers to Questions on Page 17 

1. A. Pink. 

2. A. It was founded in memory of 
Daisy Williams, by her mother Mrs. 
John Henry Williams( Miss Indy). 

3. A. Daisy's grandfather and the origi- 
nal owner of Sweet Briar Plantation. 

4. A. Sweet Briar has always been a col- 

5. A. Yes. There was a preparatory de- 
partment from the beginning until 
June, 1918, when all preparatory 
work was abolished. 

6. A. President Mary K. Benedict, 1906- 

President Emilie Watts McVea, 1916- 
President Meta Glass, 1925- 

7. A. Georgian. 

8. A. Ralph Adams Cram of Boston. 

9. A. Refreclory 

Gray, named for the Reverend Arthur 
P. Gray, Rector of the Episcopal 
Church in Amherst, who was one of 
the trustees named by Mrs. Williams 
and one of the original Board of Di- 

Carson, named for the Reverend J. 
M. Carson, Rector of St. Paul's Epis- 
copal Church in Lynchburg, and also 
one of the original trustees of the 
Board of Directors. 
10. A. Randolph, 1908, named for Right 
Reverend A. M. Randolph, Bishop of 
Virginia, a trustee and for many 
years president of the Board of Di- 

Manson, 1909, named for Mr. N. C. 
Manson of Lynchburg, in whose mem- 
ory the Manson Memorial Scholar- 
ship is maintained. Mr. Manson was 
a member of the Board from 1905- 

Grammer, 1912, named for the Rev- 
erend Carl E. Grammer, then of Nor- 
folk, Virginia, one of the original 
trustees and directors, and one-time 
president of the Board of Directors. 
Fletcher, Fergus Reid and The Infirm- 

ary were completed for the opening 
of college, 1925. 

Fletcher, named for Elijah Fletcher. 
Fergus Reid, named for Mr. Fergus 
Reid of Norfolk, present President of 
the Board of Directors, and member 
of the Board since 1908. 
The Mary Helen Cochran, Library, 
1929, given by Mr. Fergus Reid in 
memory of his mother. 
The Daisy Williams Gymnasium, 
1931, given by the students from 

11. A. In 1830 when Elijah Fletcher 
combined six farms into a large plan- 
tation and his wife gave it the name 
of Sweet Briar because of the pro- 
fusion of wild Sweet Briar roses grow- 
ing around the old farm house. 

12. A. She was Elizabeth Fletcher Mosby. 
the younger sister of Mrs. Williams, 
and she lived at Mount Saint Angelo. 

13. A. September, 1867, at Sweet Briar 

14. A. New York in January, 1884. 

15. A. October, 1900. 

16. A. Because the charter for the col- 
lege was granted by the Virginia 
State Legislature in that year. 

17. A. She left $599,742.40. The pres- 
ent endowment is $424,000.00. 

18. A. Around 10,000; 3,000. 

19. A. September, 1906, with thirty-six 

20. A. 1910, five. 

21. A. Student Government 
Athletic Association 

Y. W. C. A. 
Paint and Patches 
Glee Club. 

22. A. May, 1907. 

23. A. 1907, by the faculty, for the pur- 
pose of furnishing scholarships. 

24. A. 1909 was the first Founders' Day. 
The traditions associated with it were: 
The wearing of the caps and gowois 
by the seniors for the first time, and 
the Founders' Day dance. 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 


A. Yes. 


A. No. 


A. No. 


A. A liberal arts college. 


A. Fifty-two. 


A. 43,000. 


A. 56 miles, 43 miles, 104 miles, and 
160 miles. 


A. 900 feet. 


A. June, 1910. 


A. Yes; three, two elected by the 
Alumnae Association and one mem- 
ber of the Board of Directors elected 
by that Board. 


A. September, 1926. 


A. Yes. 


A. Sweet Briar china, etchings, litho- 
graphs, aeroplane views of the col- 
lege, and Daisy Dolls. 

38. A. Sweet Briar Day was established 
for the purpose of allowing alumnae 
and students from coast to coast to 
get together once a year. The stu- 
dents bring to the alumnae the latest 
news and developments of the cam- 
pus. It is always held December 28. 

39. A. Because of the necessity for keep- 

ing accurate records in the Alumnae 

40. A. Because the Alumnae Office main- 
tains an Achievement File, and is of- 
ten asked to suggest a candidate for a 
teaching or secretarial position, or 
for other openings. 

41. A. By a contribution to the Alumnae 

42. A. Because the Alumnae Clubs form 
the backbone of the Alumnae Asso- 
ciation and, therefore, of the college. 
No college can grow without Alum- 
nae support. 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Class Personals 


Class Secretary, Frances Murrell Rickards 
(Mrs. Everingham), North Shore Point, Norfolk, 

On September first Nan Powell Hodges began 
her new work as Head Mistress of the Collegiate 
School for Girls in Richmond. She returns to 
Norfolk every weekend, and has recently moved 
into her new home on Buckingham Avenue. 

Louise Hooper Ewell has returned to Richmond 
to continue her course of study at William and 
Mary. She is working for a Master's Degree in 
Social Service. 

Eugenia Griffin Burnett and family spent the 
month of August at Virginia Beach. 

Annie Cumnock Miller's daughters, Frances 
and Annie, are studying art at William and Mary 
in Richmond. 


Class Secretary, Mary Pinkerton Kerr, Box 
1232, University Station, Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Dear 1913: I seem to be good at collecting 
news of any class except 1913, but this month, 
thanks to Sue Slaughter, has some items from 

While Sue was in Wytheville, she saw Marga- 
rethe Ribble's Peggy, who had been in a girl's 
camp near Bristol. 

I am sending in also some information from 
other classes, in the hope that other secretaries 
will trade with me. 

Dr. and Mrs. Nokes (Mrs. Nokes was Anna 
Faucus) are building a house near Ivy Road, to 
the west of Charlottesville. 

Feme Kash Lafond is with a real estate firm 
in Charlottesville. 

Next June will be our twenty-fifth reunion and 
we should be preparing for it. Sue Slaughter 
writes (we trust not in a boastful spirit) that she 
has her own hair and teeth. Your secretary re- 
grets that she is unable to report the same, but 
she has a little hair left and all of her limbs. 
Mrs. Mary B. Kerr (Mary B. Pinkerton.) 

Linda Wright spent the summer at Wellesley 
where she was "doing some intensive music study- 
ing." This winter she will return to Lajolla, 
California, where she will teach piano and appre- 
ciation of music "to all ages from four to forty 
or older." 


Class Secretary, Ruth Maurice Gorrell (Mrs. 
E. S. 1 , 51 Beach Road, Glencoe, Illinois. 

Dear Fourteen: No news of or from anyone — 
so all vital statistics are suspended, until someone 
writes some news. 

Adelaide Hempstead Hess — of our ERA — but 
not our class — has a debutante daughter. 

I have moved again — sixth move in sixteen 
This is all I know. R. M. G. 


Class Secretary, Rachael Lloyd Holton (Mrs. 
Hoyt), 2318 Densmore Drive, Toledo, Ohio. 

Mary Whitehead will do research work on the 
faculty of Sarah Lawrence College this winter. 


Class Secretary, Dorothy Wallace, 2742 North 
Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 
Dear '20's. 

This will be my last communication as class 
correspondent, with perhaps more news of class 
members than I usually have because I have been 
writing letters this summer endeavoring to obtain 
willing members to act as sub-agents for the 
Alumnae Fund. This year the Fund will be par- 
ticularly interested in the Sweet Briar Library, 
but whatever the cause or use for the Fund I 
feel that any effort to aid in its successful col- 
lection from year to year means simply the con- 
tinuous vital force which is necessary for the 
life of the organization. 

My communications for the last year were not 
discontinued because of lack of interest, but lack 
of energy. The trouble was diagnosed as anemia 
last fall, and that accounted for my uselessness 
for the past year, and resulted in the complete 
elimination of everything but essentials during 
my school year. 

During the year I have seen some Sweet Briar- 
ites. Eleanor Smith sailed in fall of '36 from 
Baltimore to spend the winter with her sister in 
Lyons, France. On her return this spring she 
happened to be with me when President Glass was 
at Goucher to give the Phi Beta Kappa address, 
and we had a very nice S. B. luncheon at that 
time. It was a great pleasure to have Miss Glass 
with us, and she graciously gave us some of her 
much-in-demand time. Eleanor was hostess to 
myself, Rosanne Gilmore, Rachel Lloyd Holton, 
and her two daughters, in June at her home at 
Ocean Grove, New Jersey. The Ohio group had 
been attending S. B. Commencement, and we 
glened all the second hand information we could. 
Rachel's son went to Europe for the Internation- 
al Boy Scout Jamboree this summer, so if you 
want a "Believe it or not" — just look at Rachel. 

Marian Schafer Wadhams has moved from 
Brockport, New York, to Terre Haute, Indiana, 
just 50 miles south of Veedersburg, but I didn't 
get to see her as she was with Chuck in Sara- 
toga most of the time, where he was at one of 
the plants of the Packing Company with which 
he is connected. Marian's children have reached 
the camp in summer age, but I am waiting to hear 
how she likes the Indiana summers. 

Madelon Shidler Olney was called upon as I 
passed through South Bend one day. Although 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

Mad had had a groaning time with teeth during 
the spring one would never have known it to 
have seen her that August day. Her daughter 
has plenty of her mother's charm. The picture 
I took of Mad was rotten — I can't be depended 

Miriam Thompson Winne and family are fine; 
I checked up on them in Brockpoit this Septem- 
ber, Miriam's father died last February, and 
those of you who may remember his visit to S. B. 
may realize the sense of loss that is felt by his 
family and friends. 

Martha Morgan Udell lost her mother this sum- 
mer also. Martha and her husband have gone 
to Texas for the winter. Martha has not been 
well for the last two years — a couple of operations 
not being exactly conducive to energy 

Saw Rosanne Gilmore again over Labor Day; 
too short a time out on Ballast Island near Put- 
in-Bay — a once-over of the Cleveland Exposition. 
Rosy has a new Ford (in July) ; she and her 
mother are taking a trip east via Montreal, the 
Berkshires to Eastford, Connecticut, where her 
Aunt Ethel Gardner lives, and home via Adiron- 
dacks, etc. 

Eleanor Smith worked again this summer in the 
Day Gift Shop, has rented her house again for 
October and I hope she'll be coming to Baltimore 
to spend a little of her time with me as she isn't 
going to France this winter. 

Mary Virginia Crabbs Shaw (If I ever write 
another letter you're going to be Mary Shaw) 
and family are well and happy. Life in the 
country is loved by all of them — they leave as 
late as possible after school begins, and come out 
again as soon as school closes. 

Helen Johnston Jones not only has her own 
family duties, but her sick mother is with her, 
and she is running a dress shop. Helen, I think 
I'm busy, but you have me licked. Wishing you 
the best of luck. 

Lucile Barrow Turner has two boys and a girl 
aged 18-16 and 14 respectively. She has con- 
tinued her work with Negro folk lore and songs, 
and she says she is all booked up for the coming 
year with a manager 'n everything. 

Margaretta Carper MacCIeod is still in Lynch- 
burg with four children — twin boys, another boy 
and according to Lucile, a precious girl. 

Are there any other Old Maids in '20 that feel 
as negligent as I when they read things like 

Beeson (Helen B. Comer) was sick part of the 
summer. Her daughter is four and one-half years 
of age now, and both she and "Bees" think kin- 
dergarten will be great. I didn't come East via 
southern route — if I had both you and Isabel Holt 
(how does it feel to be a first lady?) would 
have seen me. 

By the way, Isabel is that your arm in the 
picture with Rocky at the Atlantic City (?) gub- 
ernatorial party? (See Life.) 

Ruth Hulburd Brown surprised me with the 
news that she had been married again this May. 
With Ruth's daughter and three young Browns, 
Ruth has acquired much more family responsi- 
hility. From her description of them all I am 

sure they are a pleasant and worthy acquisition, 
and I'm sure we all wish Ruth every happiness. 

Nancy Hanna is still at the Bureau of Stand- 
ards, and her horse won a race for her this spring. 
I hope to see Nancy this year, for I have no idea 
of lolling around as much as I did last year if 
I can help it. 

Bobby Knapp Ballou simply thrilled me with 
a grand long letter and pictures of her two boys 
aged 16 and 13; also picture of her showed that 
I would never have passed her without recogniz- 
ing her. She sounds as if Long Beach has a 
thorough convert in her. That's just the way 
Peg Turner Brown sounds too. There's some- 
thing about that country that seems to "get 'em." 

Peg wrote that she is all mixed up in League 
of Women Voters stuff, and the fact that she 
wrote me may have caused her to have a stroke. 
But she says for us all to come out to California. 
She was on Monterey Bay this summer. Says she 
sees Peg Spengle Runge in Los Angeles occasion- 
ally. Also that Jule Brunner Andrews had been 
out to visit her. 

Lastly — the Alumnae Fund agents for the class 
will be: 

Nancy Hanna. 
M. V. Crabb Shaw 
Ruth Hulburd Brown, 
Bobby Knapp Ballou, 
as sub-agents, and I'll help them as well as do 
what I can. Won't you all remember that if we 
want our college to live and grow we must have 
an Alumna body that has plenty of life and 
part of the life blood of such an organization 
is the money for its administration. So please 
help us when we write to you by answering our 
letters promptly, thus helping save us time and 
expense, and thus contributing in spirit even if 
you haven't a cent to send. 

Best wishes to you all — and please write let- 
ters to your new class secretary. 

Dorothy Wallace. 


Class Secretary, Maynette Rozelle Stephen- 
son (Mrs. James A.), 1220 Hillcrest Road, South 
Bend, Indiana. 

Dear '21: Here is a warning and a plea: before 
the next issue of the magazine, each of you will be 
asked to return a postal with a few pertinent, per- 
sonal remarks thereon. Please oblige, not only 
me, but all your classmates panting for news of 
"the old guard" (that begins to hurt). 

Shafe has been in Terre Haute, Indiana, all 
summer. She and Chuck are planning to come 
to South Bend for a football game this fall and 
a reunion with Mad Olney and me. 

Dorothy Wallace was in Indiana this summer. 
She is re'urning to her teacher's post at Goucher. 

Gert Dally went a'visiting to Fran Simpson 
Upson in Cincinnati. 

The class of '21 will join me in sending our 
deepest sympathy to Mildred Ellis Reed, whose 
husband passed away quite suddenly. 

Maynette Rozelle Stephenson. 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 



Class Secretary, .1 \ne Cuignard Thompson 
(Mrs. Broadusl. Sweet Briar, Virginia. 
Dear Girls: 

Do those of you who live "far off" remember 
\ irginia in October? Bright sun, crisp mornings 
and evenings, air like wine. There is gold in the 
woods and every day more scarlet. The grass 
and the hedges are still very green; the corn 
shocks are yellow in the fields and the broom-sage 
red as the red earth. Sometimes the hills are 
lapis, sometimes softly amethyst. 

And Sweet Briar is humming busily with two 
of the most important things in the world .... 
youth and learning. 

As my husband is in the process of changing 
location and type of business, I am in the inter- 
val happy to be on the campus again and my 
little boy likes Amherst, where we board, as well 
as I do Sweet Briar. As secretary to Mrs. Brown, 
a grand person who is the new Director of Re- 
fectories, I am having the interesting experience 
of helping keep house for five hundred instead 
of three. 

I had several answers to my pleas for news, for 
which I am very grateful. La Vern, who knows 
how exasperating it is to cast your cards upon 
the post office and after many days get no replies, 
wrote most entertainingly of her summer in 
Seattle and thereabouts, "following the fleet."' 
She always gives the rest of us a sort of bird's 
eye view of the life of a navy wife, and there's 
also sure to be some good golf thrown in some- 
where too. 

Marie Klooz, who is another dependable respon- 
dent, writes that she has a swell job with G. P. 
Putnam Sons, substituting for the poisoned proof 
reader. She is also taking International Law at 
Columbia and working on her M.A. thesis on the 
side. '23 certainly has reason to be proud of 
Marie, one of our few real brain-trusters. 

Lydia Purcell Wilmer is now living in Roanoke 
Rapids, North Carolina, whence Fred was trans- 
ferred this summer. This is a small manufactur- 
ing town which is a great contrast to Richmond, 
which they naturally miss sorely in spite of fre- 
ciuent return week-ends. Lydia had a fine trip to 
Canada this summer, stopping incidentally in 
Stamford to see Virginia S. Schntider who had 
just acquired a lovely new home. 

Another residentially fortunate class-mate is 
Margaret Burwell Graves who is also in a charm- 
ing new house in Roanoke's new suburb. She 
and Kenneth are on a trip to New York this week. 

Richie McGuire Boyd also has a new address. 
.... Chatham Hills, River Road, Richmond. 
Sounds lovely. 

This summer we spent some weeks in the 
Smokies and one day had dinner in Knoxville 
with Lillian Spilman Howard, who has three 
splendid boys but looks as young as ever. She 
was busy just then stage-managing her sister's 
wedding. She told me that Kay Zeuch Forster 
also lives in Knoxville now but I didn't get to 
see her. 

Kit Hancock Land is just home from a wonder- 
ful two months in Europe which was accented by 
the amazing coincidence of meeting Grizzelle 
Thomson ("22) in Sienna. 

I have plied the Misses Robertson with in- 
quiries about Martha and Claire and learn that 
Claire is teaching school, and that Martha who 
still lives in Lowell, Massachusetts, has a non- 
pareil little son who has cjuite recovered now 
from a frightful accident in which he was run 
over by a truck. 

Please rally round, gals, and let me hear from 
more of you next time. Don't wait for a card. 
Your letters are good any time and postage is 
still three cents, you know. 

Yours fraternally, 

Jane Guicnard Thompson. 


Kathryn Klumph McGuire has been appointed 
Class Secretary. She is Mrs. Frederick McGuire, 
Jr., 3707 Daleford Road, Shaker Heights, Cleve- 
land, Ohio. Please send your news items to her 
in order that she may have an interesting column 
for December. Susan Fitchett is teaching Latin 
at the Ruth Cort School in San Antonio. 


Class Secretary, Jane Becker Clippincer (Mrs. 
John C), 4021 LaCrosse Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Dear "Twenty Fivers": News is as scarce as 
hens' teeth, and my deepest apologies for not get- 
ting out my cards, but by this time you should 
be on the honor system and bare your very souls 
without any prodding on my part. Having had a 
late vacation and having stayed longer than we 
anticipated, 1 was horrified to discover that Octo- 
ber was so close — and no cards sent. After about 
two weeks in Lake Placid we went on to Atlantic 
City where I saw Peg Nelson Lloyd — and silly as 
it may sound, had a longer visit with her than any 
I have had for a long time even though she lives 
right in Cincinnati. Last year Peg went to Tuc- 
son, Arizona, and while there saw Muffi Engeman. 
If any of you have Muffi's present address, would 
you please send it to me? 

Mary Nadine Pope Phillips wrote last May that 
she is living in Philadelphia now, 49 Overbrook 
Parkway, West Park Station. She sounded quite 
busy getting settled and touring the countryside 
and getting oriented. 

If you are ashamed of this scant bit of news, 
sit right down and write to me! We want to hear 
about all of you! 




Class Secretary, Margaret Malone McClem- 
ents (Mrs. James B., Jr.), 5640 Aylesboro Ave- 
nue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

First let me warn you that most of the follow- 
ing news is second or third-hand, so it may be 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

none too accurate. Proceed at your own risk. 

You will be sorry to hear of the death of Helen 
Hammersmith Anderson of Wichita Falls, Texas. 

Other bad news is that Dot Bailey Hughes lost 
her father in June. And Peg Krider Ivey's father 
died while visiting her in England this summer. 
We extend our sympathy. 

Edna Lee Wood sailed late in July for a visit 
with Cornelia Wailes Wailes in Brussels. 

Lois Peterson went on an extended bicycle tour 
of Europe with some friends. 

Betty Holtzman Sellman has been in Paris 
again. One more trip abroad and it will cease 
to be news. 

Our summer resort department is as follows: 

Jinny Lee Taylor Tinker with Joan, six, and 
George, two, had a cottage at Bay Head, New 

Dot McKee Abney with Hamp and Barbara 
were in Ventnor, New Jersey. 

Kay Norris Kelley wrote, saying they had their 
harem (her word and such a nice one) in Cam- 
den, Maine, for the summer. The harem consists 
of Priscilla, Meta, and Dede Kay. I'm a little 
upset about the baby's name and am planning an 
investigation. Kay's husband is in a new busi- 
ness called Lubri-Film (advt.). 

Martha Close Page and her boys, Butch and 
Fritz, spent the summer at Madison, Ohio. Mar- 
tie ended the summer with a bang — falling down- 
stairs and breaking her elbow. 

Dot Keller IlifF and her husband were on a 
ranch in western Colorado in June but stayed 
most of the summer in and around Denver. 

Helen Finch Halford and her family had a villa 
on the French seacoast for the month of August. 
Very fancy. 

Dot Hamilton Davis with her husband resorted 
at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. 

Sis MacGregor was on the Eastern Shore of 
Maryland this summer. She is starting on her 
eighth year at the Pittsburgh Board of Education 
and likes it more than ever. 

Mew White had the opposite of a nice summer 
— an operation and long siege in the hospital. 
She is much better now. 

Mary Lyb Loughery Arthur represented Sweet 
Briar in the academic procession at Davidson's 
Centennial in June. She has two sons, Dale, 
seven, and Tommy, four. They moved into their 
new home this summer at 2900 Avondale, Char- 
lotte, North Carolina. And she began her letter 
to me "Dear Dottie" which hurt me deeply. 

Helen Adams Thomson has a baby daughter, 
Helen Joan, her third child. They moved in Sep- 
tember to 603 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambers- 
burg, Pennsylvania, and you are all invited to 
visit them. She may regret that later. 

Martha Bachman McCoy has moved back to 
Chattanooga from Asheville. 

Dorothea Reinburg Fuller, husband, and chil- 
dren are living in Fort Knox, Kentucky, guarding 
the gold. 

Wanda Jensch Hams was in Pittsburgh for a 
night on her way west the first of July. Her baby- 
is darling, and she reported that Kitty and Edna 
did most of the packing for her — Edna even iron- 
ing the last minute rompers. They were in a 
train wreck between here and Chicago, but aside 
from a cut head and some bruises weren't in- 
jured. Wanda was planning to stay all summer 
with her family and then meet Jack in Wilming- 
ton, Delaware, where they will live this winter. 

Would anyone like to be class secretary for this 
year? It's a fine position, pays well, and has lots 
of chance for advancement. And there must be 
lots more news than I ever hear. I will be anx- 
iously awaiting applications. 

Margaret Malone McClements. 

Ann Mitchell is Mrs. Donn W. Valentine and 
she is living at 399 Vincent Place, Elgin, Dlinois. 


Class Secretary, Elsetta Gilchrist, 4500 Eu- 
clid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. 

To Shortie Poland goes the gold star for re- 
porters this issue. Midst sweltering heat and a 
very energetic case of hay fever she telephoned 
all our New York contingent and promptly for- 
warded most of the following items. Rebecca 
Manning and Elizabeth Cates Collins are tripping 
in Europe until late fall. Betty Miller Allen has 
been in New York all summer, except for a few 
weeks visiting friends on Shelter Island. Betty 
changes her address the end of the month to 404 
East 55th Street. Connie Van Ness is vacationing 
at Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, prior to undertak- 
ing a new job with the new-bom architectural 
firm of Powell and Morgan. It is houses and not 
sky-scrapers that will demand Connies attention 
from now on. 

Margaret Green Runyon is doing one of the 
most interesting things we have to report. Last 
April with spring fever in her bones and her two 
sons at the mature ages of three and four, no 
longer demanding all her attention, she launched 
forth into the real estate business with one of the 
prominent brokers in New York. Greeno now has 
her own office and is doing extremely well, in fact 
recently sold five houses in four days. Let's all 
send her congratulations and wish her the very 
best of luck. Louise Collins Shroeder also lives 
in Summit, New Jersey, and sees Greeno quite 
often. Louise has a son a year old and another 
five. Dot Garland Gustavson sports a bob of long 
wavy hair and a most slim figure. She finds it as 
hard now to keep the pounds up to 120 as it was 
in college to diet them below 135. Her old family 
home on Long Island has recently been purchased 
by Jimmy Walker and his bride Betty Compton. 
Dot has a daughter, Joan, six last December. 
They spent the summer between Peconic Bay, 
Long Island, and Cape May, New Jersey. In the 

October. 1937 

Alumnae News 


merry month of May Doroth) Conaghan Bonnet 
visited Dot and they drove to Summit and spent 
the day with Greene., seeing Alice Eskesen. Ganzel 
in Westfield. and then on to a reunion dinner in 
Plainfield. Those present should start planning 
now for their fifteenth, hut make it in June at 
Sweet Briar with the rest of us. Some of the vital 
statisties for the group are Dorothy Conaghan 
Bonnet's daughter, four last April, and Alice Es- 
kesen Ganzel's little girl who was two in May. 

"E" Moiley has been Mrs. George E. Fink for 
several years and seems a very proud and happy 
mother of her family of four. They are Bud, 
nineteen. Sister or Martha, fifteen, Peter, four, 
and baby Elise, a year and a half. "E" still lias 
the merry old twinkle in her eyes, swims, plays 
golf, and rides. She is pounds thinner and as her 
roommate for reunion I can vouch for a truly 
streamlined figure. Speaking of roommates, mine 
of four years standing, "Dan" Boone, is still at col- 
lege as assistant to the registrar. She made her 
first visit to Cleveland this summer. It may have 
been the reunion in June, or a beautiful case of 
hives in July, or just a natural wearing down of 
opposition but Dan actually put in an appearance 
in August after fourteen years of persuasion. 
We celebrated for a week and then took nine 
days driving back to S. B. C. Incidently I re- 
turned in a day but not over quite the same me- 
andering trail. Dan and Gert Prior have gone in 
for beagles and have a handome kennel, known 
as Briar Hill, located over at Gert's house. In 
the current canine magazines you will find their 
firs' pups advertised for sale. For private con- 
sumption Dan has a Sealyham pup, christened 
Briar Patch, and he appropriately has a large 
brown patch over one eye. One of the first visi- 
tors to the kennel was our own Peewee Payne. 
She stopped off for a night at college on a tour 
of the southern mountains. Her newest sport is 
golf which will no doubt be added to her teach- 
ing list before long. For those of you who have 
not kept track of Pauline these last few years it 
might be of interest to report among her major 
activities in the teaching line have been sewing, 
swimming, without once entering the pool, and 
dancing. For minors she has had the instruction 
of high school English Literature, all the his- 
tories, and now Spanish. These, or perhaps some 
extra curricular activities, seem to have broad- 
ened our collegiate comrade into a very smooth 
social lass. I send this to you as one who 
watched her with a reporter's eye on September 
third, when, at high noon, at an open church 
wedding, our Margaret Cowle Cramer was mar- 
ried to William Burdette Crane Jr. Marge wore 
a dark green wool dress with cape trimmed down 
the front with galyak, a small green felt hat, and 
a corsage of orchids. The sister of the groom 
was her only attendant and Marge's brother, 
John, acted as best man. For a wedding trip 
they drove to Lake of Bays, Ontario, and on re- 
turning will make their home at 127 Osborn 
Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

Kitty Wilson Carnelt's new address will he 
1126 Redgate Avenue, Norfolk. Kitty hopes it is 
permanent, at least her husband preferred to 
change his business to moving to far off Texas. 
She continues this fall with her work for the 
Anti-Tuberculosis League and sees to the putting 
over of their Christmas Seal Drive. Kitty and 
little "The" sunned themelves this summer at 
Willoughleg Beach. I could not locate this on a 
map to confirm the spelling but will hope some 
of the Virginia-ites know the spot. Tinka John- 
son Brehme has a baby daughter born in July in 

"M" Brown Wood's new address will be 1135 
Manchester Avenue, Norfolk. "M" was in Boston 
in September, when Mac's ship, the Arkansas, was 
there, but returned to Norfolk in time to put the 
children in school. Lisa Guigon was with "M" 
in Hopkinsville this summer and Ruth Lowrance 
Street writes me of a fine get-together in Chat- 
tanooga when she drove down to collect Lisa after 
a few days visit with Mary Shelton Clark. "Mac," 
that star reporter of '30, will undoubtedly give 
you first hand information as she attended a 
luncheon given by Mary and Jo Snowden Dur- 
ham. Ruth and her husband, Gordon, have been 
back in Cha'tanooga for five years, after a sojourn 
on the Mexican border. They have a daughter, 
Frances, seven years old. Martha Ambrose Nun- 
ally has two children, David and Alice. Jo Snow- 
den Durham had a baby daughter in the spring 
and has recently spent two weeks at the Boxwood 
Inn. We hear rumors of a house party in At- 
lanta for Claire Hanner Arnold, attended by 
Tootie Maybank and Sally Jamieson. Tootie 
visited Claire in New York this summer and saw 
Virginia Wilson, looking lovelier than ever, teach- 
ing models to model. Compy Compton has been 
visiting her sister in Asheville and was going over 
to see Tootie at her summer home in Henderson- 
ville. Portrait painting is still Compy 's main in- 
terest so we must all keep our eyes open for her 
exhibitions in the future. 

Babe Albers Foltz crashed through with a 
grand letter. I wonder how many of you knew 
she had married an M.D. and was having a thrill- 
ing time running a house. Incidently she has a 
son, Thomas Price Foltz Jr., born last May, and 
sends a picture of the catch from a fishing trip 
this summer. There are so many enormous king 
fish I can hardly locate Babe and her Tommy. 
Their home is at 623 Belle Avenue, Fort Smith. 
Arkansas. The fish were caught at Port Arkan- 
sas, Texas, in case any of you are fishing minded, 
and the trip included visits at Fort Worth and 

Nar Warren went on a tour of eastern Ten- 
nessee and North Carolina in July. The heat 
scared away her good intentions of calling friends 
in Chattanooga. Yantil Slater Shelby adopted a 
baby boy last Christmas and we hear she makes 
a model devoted mother. If someone will for- 
ward Yantil's address we can reclaim her name 
from the Lost. Straved and Stolen. Others on 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

the list are: Maude Adams? Bozena Adamova? 
Doris Berry Boundtree? Beatrice Boyd? Margaret 
Dowell? Katherine Flowers Jackson? Gertrude 
Gulick? Eleanor Koob? Jennis Lehman? Eugenia 
Nash Lanham? Louise Rott Swedeman? Frances 
Sample? Mary Shreiner Botts? Elizabeth Sexton? 
Dorothy Vernon? and Stella Woodward??? Re- 
member to report your bigger and better activi- 
ties so we can keep up with all of you . . . 


Jane Riddle Thornton's new address is 1020 
Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. 


Class Secretary, Anna Torian, 1802 North Tal- 
bott Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Dear Twenty-nine: Your correspondent has 
spent a veiy uneventful summer in the hills of 
Tennessee, according to her usual habit. I have 
been practically without contact with the outside 
world — especially Sweet Briar world. 

Martha Maupin Stewart had a son, born July 

Eleanor Duvall is in Europe for a few months. 
"Bibby" Quisenberry, '27, has a child born dur- 
ing the summer — the rumor did not carry any 
hint as to the sex of the child. 

Please, all of you write me some news so that 
our poor column won't look so shrunken. 

Nan Torian. 


Class Secretary, Mary Macdonald Reynolds 
(Mrs. Jasper A.), 204 High Street, Apartment 16, 
Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Just after the last issue went to press Kay Man 
White came to town for a few hours. She and I 
had some difficulty getting together as she had 
forgotten my married name (after all the time 
and trouble I took getting it, too), but once to- 
gether we rattled on at a great rate, or at least 
Kay did. I met her husband, Jimmy, who is most 
attractive and took us to lunch. Kay told me all 
about her little girl, Georgiana, who, she says, is 
a perfectly raised child. Also that Marty has a 
little girl about Georgiana's age. Also that Reg- 
gie is married and lives in California. For your 
infomation Kay's address is Grannywhite Road, 
Nashville, and she hasn't changed a bit. She was 
planning to go to Cleveland this summer and visit 
Kelly Clark Frost, who has not one, but two, little 
girls, and Kay was to write me all about her visit, 
but of course she didn't. 

Later in the summer Chattanooga was honored 
by representatives of the fast Army and Navy set. 
They have no place in this column, but I have to 
fill up space and anyway, there was a time when 
they were considered pretty cute. Lisa Guigon, 
'29, came to visit Mary Shelton Clark, and Made- 

line Brown Wood, '27, visited Jo Snowden Dur- 
ham, and Jo and Mary had a party for them. 
Julia Wilson Killebrew, '29, Ruth Lowrance Street, 
'27, and Mary Mills Ham Campbell, '28, were 
there, and the time was spent in admiring each 
other's improved appearance and prostrating one 
another with our rapier-like wit. Either our 
minds are atrophied or the humor of the Gay 
Twenties is of the most enduring sort, for it still 
seemed excruciatingly funny. Lisa and Madeline 
were really up on people but the only contact 
they seemed to have with anybody we know was 
Patsy Jones Muldaur, whom they saw frequently 
in New York. 

Everyone will, I am sure, be gratified to learn 
that Lindsay is about to visit Ruth. This is a 
welcome change from Ruth visiting Lindsay, and 
nobody is more pleased about it than this depart- 
ment. Liz Copeland visited Be'sy Williams this 
summer and they had lunch with Ruth, or vice 
versa, and they seem to have had about as elevat- 
ing a time as that described in the last paragraph. 

The Stubbs, Jo and Stephen, spent the summer 
cruising in the Mediterranean. I hope they are 
back by now, but for all we know they may be 
sailing up and down the Whangpoo. I wouldn't 
put it past them. 

And that's that. 



Class Secretary, Martha von Briesen, 4436 
North Stowell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

My dear, dear friends! 

That salutation is addressed to those of you 
who came to my rescue so gallantly by sending 
me postcards and letters, buoying me up to such 
an extent that I was completely raised out of the 
vacuum of No News. Thank you, I'm doing nice- 
ly now, but there's always a possibility of future 
recurrences of my plight. That's for those of you 
to remember who didn't come to my rescue this 

First came a card from Polly Swift Calhoun, 
announcing the arrival of a son, Theodore Warner 
Calhoun, on July 22. While his happy mama was 
still in the hospital, along came Pig Sproul, '30, 
and Jo Gibbs DuBois, on a northern tour, to visit 
the Calhouns. They gave their seals of approval 
to the youngest member of the family, and then 
hurried on to tell Gwen Olcott Writer all about 

Toole Rotter wrote about her new job, research 
work in an office on East 42nd Street in New 
York. It sounds rather vague, don't you think, 
but she promised more information concerning it 
in the future. After spending the summer at a 
friend's apartment, she plans to go back to the 
Barbizon for the winter. Toole also reported that 
Kitty Knerr, who was in our class freshman year, 
was married to Mr. Donald Kinney Angell, of 
Brooklyn, early in the summer. 

A newcomer to the ranks of my correspondents 
is Ellen Eskridge, who contributed the news that 
she was married on June 26 to Mr. Walter Lee 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Sanders, Jr., of Washington, D. C. Ellen and 
her husband went to Quebec and llie Gaspe 
peninsula cm their wedding trip, and now they are 
at home in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Sanders is 
working for the U. S. Tariff Commission. 

At the same time 1 had a card from Nat Rob- 
erts, who bad been at Hellie Sim's wedding in 
Westfiekl la'e in May, and spent almost a month 
in the vicinity of New York. She visited Perry 
Whittaker Scott, who was at that time very ac- 
tivelj interested in Colony Club projects in Hack- 
ensack. Perry, I always bear from others, is con- 
stan'ly running things in her efficient way, but 
never will she take time out to confide in the rest 
of us about her projects. Nat and Jo Gibbs Du- 
Bois had fun visiting together too, and together 
thev went to call on Carolyn Martindale Blouin, 

Some kind soul responded to the card I sent 
Mary Cannaday, by replying that Mary is a social 
case worker with the Family Welfare in Norfolk. 
Thank you, my anonymous aide! 

Marge Webb Gilbert's letter gave me an oppor- 
tunity to verify the rumors of cruises that she has 
been taking since I last heard from her about two 
years ago. At Christmas time she sailed on the 
Europa for Bermuda and Nassau. A rough sea 
kept them from landing at Bermuda, but they had 
more than the scheduled time at Nassau, where 
they bathed at Paradise Beach and had fun in- 
specting the native shops. Marge's summer diver- 
sion has consisted mostly of short journeys in her 
new car, plus enthusiastic struggles with golf, 
which she has just taken up. She planned to 
spend a week with Nancy Coe in Englewood late 
in August. Nancy had just returned from a two 
weeks' course at the Saratoga Singing School. 

From Bristol Ferry, Rhode Island, came a wel- 
come missive from Fanny O'Brian Hettrick, who 
was spending August there with Ames and their 
two sons. Brown as berries they were, said Fanny, 
and having a wonderful time, with the whole 
ocean to fall into right off their front porch. Also 
there was clam-digging and deep-sea fishing to 
add to their joys. Fanny had spent several weeks 
at home in Buffalo in June and she saw Trudy 
Lewis Magavem and her three children. Quote 
Trudy is lovelier looking than ever and those kids 
are the cutest ones I have ever seen end quote- 
Much to Fanny's bewilderment, Trudy is just as 
nonchalant as ever, the pranks of her three step- 
ping-stones disturbing her not one whit. Among 
other things, Fanny further reported hearing occa- 
sionally from Cotty Pape Sack, who resides in 
Montclair and has fun with other S. B. gals up 

Because I could never decide which letter to 
bring to your attention first, I have been going 
through these in the order in which I received 
them. Thus I have arrived at Martha McCowen 
Burnet's, which was her first response in three or 
four years. In the meantime she has moved to 
Ware Shoals, South Carolina, has a new daughter, 
born July 9 and named Martha Ann, and her 
small son has celebrated his fifth birthday. Mar- 

tha and Aggie Cleveland Sandifer spent a day 
together in Spartanburg in spring, and now that 
Aggie also has a daughter they plan to get to- 
gether again soon to compare further notes. 
Aggie's arrived on June 14, and her parents 
named her Prudence. 

Dotty Boyle Charles, whose last letter to me 
came from Saigon, Indo-China several years ago, 
made up for lost time by telling me all about 
her travels in the meantime and she was kind 
enough to add a bit of news about some meanies 
who never write to me. Dotty, her husband, and 
their son had just returned from a five weeks' 
stay in the Poconos, about which she seemed very 
enthusiastic, and at Easter time she and Bobby 
spent two weeks in Washington, where she saw 
Ginny Keyset" several times. Ginny sailed away 
to the Continent and the Scandinavian countries 
sometime in May, and from all Dotty could gath- 
er, she had a grand time. Dotty and Bobby have 
been in London, Ontario, for nearly a year now, 
and they like it very much, having met some very 
nice people there. 

Add Mary Lynn Carlson King to the ranks of 
those who are now the proud mamas of two sons. 
Dotty relayed the news that Maty Lynn's second 
was born on the same day as Polly Swift Cal- 
houn's, July 22. 

Caroline Heath Tunstall overwhelmed and de- 
lighted me with her silence-breaker, full to the 
brim of news, gossip, and reports of the activities 
of her busy brain. Heath has recently seen a 
good deal of Katharine Taylor Bond, but Kay has 
now; moved to Coronado with the Navy. Tee 
Kelly Mason visited. Kay there during the sum- 
mer. Heath said. Furthermore, Meta Moore Mc- 
Cotter and Milky Larimer were among the hordes 
of Briarites at the Beach this summer. 

According to her own statement, Heath is ab- 
sorbed at present in state and local politics and 
finding out what makes the wheels go 'round. 
If the facts she quoted to me are accurate, she 
ought to publish them, and perhaps startle some 
of her fellow Virginians into activity. Other than 
that, she says she is going to continue her study 
of German this year, having given Italian a fling 
last winter. 

Quinnie Bond, one of my very faithful standbys, 
sent me a bunch of news and even offered to 
make up some if that wasn't sufficient. Thus far, 
I haven't had to call on her for that, but I may 
have to the next time! While she and Eddie 
were spending a week in Stamford in July, they 
drove down to Westfield to have lunch with Hellie 
Sim Mellen. Quinnie says Hellie has a very cun- 
ning house, spotless and neat as a pin following 
the Sim tradition. In August the Bonds took 
another week of Ed's vacation, traveling north 
into the Laurentians for more swimming, fishing, 
and golf. 

Quinnie and Ed have seen a good deal of Anne 
Mason Brent Winn, '29, and her husband in the 
past year, but by this time the Winns have moved 
to Cincinnati. Eda Bainbridge McKnight and 
her husband, who live in Belmont, are building 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

a house at Shelter Island ... a summer house, 
I take it. More dope on Dot Bridges, ex: she is 
now Mrs. Dana B. Jefferson, and she lives in Wel- 
lesley Hills. 

Earlier in the summer I heard from Ginny 
Cooke Rea, whose marriage took place early in 
June. Jean Countryman made a flying trip to 
New Philadelphia for the occasion, and Split 
Clark was also on hand. Ginny wore her mother's 
full-skirted, high-necked wedding dress of Brus- 
sels lace and net, and her sister Anne, as maid 
of honor, wore a dress which had been in their 
mother's trousseau, of lavender flowered net. 
Fritz and Ginny spent one week of their honey- 
moon at a cottage on Seneca Lake near Watkins 
Glen, New York, and the second week they were 
gay in New York City. Now they are at home in 

Another gal from whom I hadn't heard in ages 
is Mary Stewart Kelso Clegg, and it was fun to 
catch up with her again. She and Joe and small 
Carolyn have been living in Omaha since Feb- 
ruary, and they like it a lot. Mary Stewart sees 
Peg Hurd Burbank occasionally, and she hopes to 
see Jane White Burton, '32, and Ginny Derby 
Howse sometime this fall. Stewartie and her 
daughter spent most of the summer in Dayton, 
and they saw Martha McBroom Shipman and her 
two youngsters frequently. She also reported 
that Beth Conover Grattan's second child is a 
daughter, Constance, born in late spring. Isn't 
it wonderful, the way the population is growing 
by leaps and bounds, thanks to all the Sweet 
Briar mamas? 

Another girl after my own heart is Marty Ship- 
man! Early in August she told me she was going 
on a news-gathering trip, and true to her promise, 
she sat down and wrote me all the gore as soon 
as she got back. In time for me to relay it to 
you ... or at least as much of it as I think is 
good for you. You'd be surprised to know how 
much discretion even your class secretary exer- 
cises at times! 

Martha and Ship went journeying to Chat- 
tanooga, where Martha saiv Westcott. The latter 
had just returned from several weeks at some 
island off South Carolina, and Marty says she 
looked better than ever before. Together they 
went to call on Mac Macdonald Reynolds. Mar- 
tha saw many other Briarites, including Maiy 
Shelton Clark, Jo Snowden Durham, Sarah Hous- 
ton Baker, Susalee Belser Read, Mary Elizabeth 
Clemons, and Julia Wilson Killibrew. She had 
hoped to see Martha Tillery Thomas and Aggie 
Cleveland Sandifer but her plans were changed 
and she couldn't include them on her round of 
calls. However, she hopes to see Aggie this fall, 
as she and her husband are moving to Lexington 
or Frankfort, Kentucky . . . not so far from Troy, 

Peg Gillette Newton is spending a busy summer 
on her farm, but she contemplates a trip to New 
York later in the fall. She and I and no doubt 
many of you, are wondering what has become of 

Liebe McRae Goddard now that Shanghai is in 
the midst of such a terrible conflict. 

Split Clark sent word that she has been retiring 
at Timber Lake ever since she came home from 
Cooke's wedding in June; that Ella Williams Fau- 
ber is fine and has a very nice house. 

Just before the mailing date for this letter, 
there arrived a gay letter from Martha Tillery 
Thomas, announcing with proud modesty the 
birth of her son, James Elvey Thomas Jr., as long 
ago . . . would you believe it? ... as February 
7, 1937. No explanation, either, for the long 
delay in making such an important announce- 
ment, but your secretary says, gratefully, "Better 
late than never." 

Another birth which I have only recently 
learned about is that of Violet Anderson Groll's 
daughter, Penelope, who made her appearance in 
this Vale of Tears or what-have-you sometime last 
April. The infant, according to Violet, bears the 
name she does because her mama likes the nick- 
name, Penny. 

Having brought the Vital Statistics column up^ 
to date for you to the best of my ability, I shall 
say goodbye now; and again, to all of you who 
responded to my plea, my most grateful thanks. 
It was such fun to hear from so many of you who 
have heretofore neglected to answer my postals. 
Do keep up, now you've started to be helpful, 


P. S. — I have taken no trip outside of my native 
state since April, which may set some sort of a 
record or other. 


Class Secretary, Dorothy Smith Berkeley 
(Mrs. Edmund), Box 1273, University, Virginia. 

This past year seems to have brought forth a 
number of candidates for the classes of 1956 or 
'57 at Swe't Briar . . . among them Margaret Ann 
LeFever (Helen Goodwin LeFever's daughter), 
bom January 1, Letha Donaldson Wood (daugh- 
ter of Letha Morris Wood ) , born April 5 and 
Jane White Burton's daughter, who is now about 
a year old. A friend of mine saw the latter when 
she was visiting in St. Louis this past summer, 
and she says she is adorable — very much like 
Jane, even better looking, if that is possible . . . 
light golden hair and the most luscious blue eyes. 
Jane's husband is specializing in x-ray, I believe, 
and finished his internship last year. 

"Squibby" has a son, by the name of James 
William Flynn, Jr., born April 2, and weighing 
oseven pounds ten ounces. Connie Fowler Keeble 
was not to be outdone by her old friends, so she 
increased the census by one Robert "beau" Ran- 
dolph Keeble. From a fond mother's accounts, 
he is a most astonishing youngster, could hold up 
his head and roll over at the tender age of 12 days 
(you can see this is written by a jealous mother, 
having a veiy backward son, who didn't roll over 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 


with much enthusiasm until he was three months 
old . . . and then yd led bloody murder because 
he couldn't back from his lummy, for another two 
weeks (that is by himself ... he sounds a bit 
neglected). Connie's baby weighed H pounds 
and seems to be getting along beautifully. Con- 
nie and her husband have just moved into a new 
apartment, with all new furniture, and Connie 
is busy having curtains made. It sounds so at- 

Of course, there are numbers of other babies 
awaiting their turn with Father Stork, when they 
will grace the homes of many of our former class- 
mates ... so do not miss the next issue! 

Betty Allen Magruder has taken the bull by the 
horns, and is taking Physics and Organic Chem- 
istry at the University of Virginia, in preparation 
to enter the Medical school there next fall. She 
has already been accepted on the condition that 
she make an 85 plus average this year. Our 
former classmates are getting so ambitious . . . 
we shall soon have many famous names gracing 
our roster! Betty Allen went down to Virginia 
Beach this summer for her annual pilgrimage and 
also to a camp on the Potomac, which her family 
had for two weeks. 

Alice Dabney Parker and her husband are now 
landowners in or near the city of Franklin ... a 
lot with 150 foot frontage and 300 foot depth. 
They hope to build next year if the gods and 
Mussolini are kind. 

Marjorie Miller Close and her husband have 
just moved into their new house, 1475 Caledonia 
Road, Town of Mount Royal. They say it is very 
attractive, but, when pressed for details, remain 
silent, so I"m inclined to think it must be an igloo 
of sorts, for winter occupation only, or perhaps 
it is a trailer, and they are just waiting for a 
thaw to run down south and show it to us all 
personally! Betsy Higgins visited Marj and Jack 
this past summer. Marj said she hasn't changed 
a bit .... perhaps Betsy is impersonating Peter 
Pan, as an outlet for her dramatic feelings . . . 
Louise Greenwood, '34, also visited the Closes. 

Marcia Patterson is teaching again at the Rob- 
erts-Beach School in Catonsville, Maryland. I 
think Henrietta Bryan saw her this summer when 
she was up north. She says Marcia enjoys it 
there so much. 

"Tuie" Groner Moreno is still in California . . . 
she is feeling much better now. 

Nancy Wilson has her nose to the ground, on 
the trail of a New York job . . . she is very de- 
termined! She spent the summer in Vermont. 

"Flappy" has resigned as Alumnae Secretary 
for Mary Baldwin and is on the verge of becom- 
ing a Macyite salesgirl. She is attending the 
School of Retailing at the New York University 
. . . she will be a proper menace to the famed 
New York sales resistance. Her address is Hunt- 
ington House, 94 Fourth Avenue. 

As usual, "Flappy" a most newsy and fasci- 
nating le'ter, being the only public spirited mem- 
ber of our class. She says that Lib Douglas had 

been to Cuba, Panama and Costa Rica on her 
vacation. "Hodges" went on a six weeks North 
Cape cruise with her grandmother. Edith Bailey 
was married to a young man by the name of Ed 
Dabney ... no other details. "Maxwell" and her 
family went to Charleston on their vacation, and 
"Flappy" said that they might stop in Staunton 
on their way back. 

"Bunny" Wright Conway and her husband are 
spending a year in Paris, while he studies at the 
Sorbonne, in preparation for teaching French at 
West Point next year. They sailed early this 
summer. "Bunny" spent a few days with Bett 
Allen on her way north to join Ted. 

Helen Pratt Graff and her husband also visited 
Betty Allen displaying pictures of their precious 
little son. I saw one of them, and he is so very 

Irene Kellogg is working at the University 
Hospital as technician, which is the kindest way 
to put it, Betty Allen says. She was with Betty 
Allen down on the Potomac for two weeks this 

We have been sitting up the most of last night 
awaiting the arrival of six very adorable buff and 
red cocker spaniel puppies . . . this is a water 
proof alibi for the above. We are also putting in 
a furnace and adding asbestos shingles to the 
weather boarding already on the house. It is a 
bit necessary as the latter has been on the house 
for a hundred years and is now a perfect imita- 
tion of a modern very "air-cooled" house, not so 
desirable in January. Edmund, Jr., is doing set- 
ting up exercises on his hands and knees as I 
write this, and talking to two of our grown span- 
iels, which we are planning to show in Charles- 
ton and Greensboro the tenth of this month. We 
now have eleven dogs, and our kennels seem more 
of a reality. It is such fun and the puppies so 
adorable. One of our puppies is in New York 
and earned $5.00 as a photographer's model. 

Must stop gossiping . . . 



Class Secretary, Marjorie Burford, Johnson 
Hall, 411 West 116th Street, New York City. 

Dear 33s: Well, girls, fall is here again with 
its winter activities, to say nothing of the dear 
Alumnae News. Now I don't mean to be fussy, 
but it does seem you have been a bit secretive, 
at least as far as one M. Burford is concerned, 
about your doings of the past few months. But, 
never mind, I am much nearer the center of things 
now, so in the future you will have no excuse. 

Anyway, be that as it may, here is the sum total 
of the dope I have to impart. Gail Sheppard 
honored me with an interesting letter telling of 
much activity during the past few years. She has 
studied pediatric nursing, decorative art, worked 
with an art dealer, had a try at writing and this 
June took a master's degree in Romance Lan- 
guages. And that, ladies, might put the rest of 


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October, 1937 

us to shame. She does not say what she will do 
this winter, but I am sure it will be something 
equally as interesting. 

She also said that Belle Hancock will marry a 
Cincinnati boy, Asa Atkins, on October 9th, in 
Charlottesville, but they will live in Cincinnati. 

As you remember from your June issue, War- 
wick Rust is marrying a minister, Mr. Robert 
Raymond Brown, on November third. 

And on the subject of weddings, Gerry says 
Jean Van Home will be married the end of 
October, but I have not had a chance to learn 
the details. 

The mail of the early summer brought the 
news of the wedding of Annabel Essary to Mr. 
Samuel Tilden Ansell, Jr., on June the twelfth. 

And, believe it or not, the lost has been heard 
from in the person of Frances Phillips, now Mrs. 
F. G. LaMotte, Jr. I must admit the letter was 
none too newsy, but anyway we know she is still 
in Baltimore, so perhaps I shall have the oppor- 
tunity of seeing her this winter. 

Martha Boss is now Mrs. J. W. Luxford and is 
living at 335 Grove Street, San Francisco. She 
sounds very, very happy, and seems to like living 
in that section of the country. 

Anne Marvin spent the summer in the Adiron- 
dacks, coming home through the Green and White 

I hear through devious sources that Enna 
Brown has bought a horse. That ought to be in- 
teresting to equestriennes. 

Mary Buick is still working pretty hard, but 
managed two glorious weeks in Northern Michi- 
gan. Hetty Wells Finn spent the summer at 
their place on Long Island, and so far as I know, 
has not yet returned to the city. Gerry says she 
is continuing with her tennis. I'm afraid by now 
she is entirely out of our class. 

You have probably surmised from the above 
address that your correspondent has quit the 
plains of Texas for the bright lights, in quest, 
among other things, of a little higher learning. 
It was quite a delightful experience to walk in 
my first day and discover that Miss Fraser and 
Elizabeth Moore will also be here in Johnson Hall 
this winter. Miss Fraser is on her sabbatical 
leave and is writing her dissertation. Elizabeth 
will get her masters in June. 

And, as a parting note, I am going to be very 
angiy if any of you come to New York this year 
and don't at least call me. So, please! 



Mary Elizabeth demons has announced her 
engagement to Mr. Albert F. Porzelius of Chat- 
tanooga. The wedding is scheduled for mid- 


Class Secretary, Marjorie Lasar Hurd (Mrs. 
E. R., Jr.), 4965 McPherson Avenue, St. Louis, 

Dear Ladies: The lost have been found (some 
of them, anyway), and I got a grand response 
from the class this time for which I am very 
grateful. I love to write the column and I do 
appreciate it when you all keep in touch with me. 
In my own bustley little way, I have compiled 
the following statistics for your edification: There 
are 39% of us gainfully employed one way or 
another; 40% of us are married, and 11% of us 
have babies. And those, my friends, are the sta- 
tistics with which I lured you on. And now for 

Julie reports on the Chicago contingent.' Her 
son, Billy is a great lusty youth who has made 
trips to New Orleans with his parents 'nevery- 
thing. Julie's new address is 6803 Merrill Ave- 
nue, Chicago. She writes that Pinkie is now Mrs. 
Milton Nix, and lives at 511 Lee Street, Evanston, 
Illinois. Betty Carter Clark is supposed to live 
at 944 Michigan Avenue, in Evanston, but her 
card came back unclaimed. Can anyone help me 
out on that? Fran Darden Musick lost her father 
in May. She said that she and Jack have been 
at Virginia Beach this summer, and saw Jane 
Forder Stribling when there. She expects to be 
in St. Louis at Christmas time. Her brother, 
Claibourne, is marrying Geraldine Bankemeyer, 
ex-'37, in October, and she will go to Greensboro 
for the wedding. 

And speaking of weddings . . . Lydia Goodwyn 
will marry Ralph Harris Ferrell, Jr., on October 
16th at eight in the evening, with Elizabeth Val- 
entine Goodwyn, '29, as her matron of honor, and 
Mary Walton as a bridesmaid, and all the trim- 
mings. Their new address will be 118 N. Morris 
Street, Richmond, Virginia. Maiy Walton reports 
a scrumptious summer in Europe; she stayed in 
the Embassies in London and Paris, and motored 
through Wales, England and Scotland. She also 
visited at St. Andrew's. The Shirleys are still 
working, and say that their only excitement just 
now consists of Lydia's coming wedding, and tak- 
ing care of their new nephew. Anne Corbitt had 
a marvelous vacation abroad, too; she traveled 
through France, Germany and Austria, and visited 
in Ireland during Horse Show Week. She is now 
settled in Suffolk for the winter teaching French 
and English in the High School. Kitty Marshall 
is again teaching at Chatham Hall in Chatham, 
Virginia. She, to quote, "does now inflict Alge- 
bra, Geometry and General Science on poor inno- 
cents or poor ignorants rather." She just came 
back from a northern visit which included E. 
Rust, Cynthia Harbison and Debbie Ebaugh 
Smith. Debbie's address in Vineland, New Jer- 
sey, is 415 North East Street. Eleanor Rust is at 
the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D. C, 
as is Lib Ogilby. Lib spent the summer in Glou- 
cester, Massachusetts, and also visited Beanie in 
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Can anyone give me 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 


thai lady's street address, or will just Bethlehem 
do? Dee Taylor is also in Washington this 
winter doing textile research work; her address 
is 2807 Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia. 

Connie Burwell is distinguishing herself with 
great gusto; she has been awarded the Graham 
Kenan fellowship for the third year. This fellow- 
ship is annually awarded to an outstanding stu- 
dent df the University of North Carolina, and is 
considered one of the foremost scholastic gifts in 
southern educational circles. All that impressive 
information came to me from Nancy Worthington 
I whom I should like to thank now for her grand 
tetter). Anyway, Connie writes that she is sail- 
ing September 29th. lo spend the winter attend- 
ing lectures at the Universities of Heidelberg 
and Berlin, her trousseau complete with long un- 
derwear and umbrella. She is now the proud 
possessor of a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Makes house- 
work seem a little colorless. 

Jackie Bond Wood is living at 1417 Park Ave- 
nue in Richmond, Virginia, and says that she 
sees the Shirleys, Baylis Rector Love and Marion 
Cox Love. She expects Nancy Butzner for a visit 
before Nan starts teaching school in Alexandria, 
Virginia. Elvira Cochran McMillan is also com- 
ing to visit her. Penn says that she is a gardner 
this fall, and that is the beginning and end of 
her news. 

The most bang-up news of the whole issue I 
have stupidly waited until now to tell you. Han- 
son had a swell little boy on the 12th of August 
... my birthday, bless him! His name is Robert 
Pratt Bamford. and he ought to be a winner with 
two such swell parents. Ellie Alcott is going 
back to Western Reserve having worked in a 
children's agency all summer. Mary Bess Rob- 
erts visited her this summer, and she also saw 
Nancy Russell Carter. Lou Dreyer has a new 
address : 423 Boulevard, Westfield, New Jersey. 
She had just spent an evening with Jill Bender 
who has come back from a trip to South America. 
Jill tried to import a mountain goat, but there 
seemed to be some little difficulty with the Cus- 
toms . . . she will resume her work this winter 
at the Bellevue Hospital in New York in the 
Occupational Therapy department. Lou visited 
in Chicago where she saw Julie. Betty and Fran. 
She also reports that Greenwood is working in 
Wall Street, and Betty Suttle in a Philadelphia 
bank. Thank you loads for all the news. 

Dottie Turno Gardner lives at 111 North Wal- 
nut Street, East Orange, New Jersey; she spent 
her honeymoon in Virginia, and is now back at 
work at Bamberger's. She reports that she saw 
Farriss in New York, that young lady working at 
Peck and Peck's. 

Martha Lou was in town last month and we 
had lunch together; we didn't leave a stone un- 
turned. She is teaching Child Psychology and 
something else that I could not grasp at Colorado 
College, and you can reach her at McGregor Hall, 
Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jean Sprague is 
still a female journalist; she went to Portland 

this summer, but missed seeing Tacky who spent 
most of the summer there. Mary Jane Hadyn 
Nichols, ex-'34, spent three days of her honey- 
moon with Jean. Rosemary Frey says she spent 
the summer convalescing from an abdominal op- 
eration, and has just returned from a trip to New 

Lib Scheuer writes that she went to visit Cecil 
and her young lady daughter, Emily Cecilia by 
name (born in February). Since July, Shower 
has worked for Daniel Starch Company, concern- 
ing herself with advertising research, and asks 
you all to be patient with people who ask you 
what hair tonic you use and why, and what ads 
you read and where. Ruth Myers Pleasants and 
her husband have bought a lot and are now 
brooding over plans for a house; they don't ex- 
pect to begin it before Spring, however. Bonnie 
saw Shower in New York while on her vacation. 
She and Peggy went to Ithaca, New York, and 
the seashore. Bonnie is now back at Sweet Briar. 
Peggy announced her engagement to Lewis Hud- 
son Durland this summer, and will live in Ithaca. 

Hoffie writes that Byrce has at last broken the 
silence in the form of a wedding invitation. She 
married Walter Reid Smith September 4th. 
Hoffie visited Kitty Means this summer; Kitty has 
a new love .... golf. Hoffie is going to night 
school in Lancaster, and is working at the Arm- 
strong Cork Co., in the day time. She says she is 
looking forward to our fifth reunion as she is now 
sporting 133 pounds instead of 165 of S. B. days. 

Mary McCallum says she and Betty had a flur- 
ried correspondence this summer in which Betty 
reported a trip through New England with her 
parents. Mary is thinking about a trip to Guate- 
mala this October, but may chuck it for a ride 
to Charlottesville with her brother. October 1st 
will find Spiller behind the desk at the D. C. 
Public Library, and she will play Librarian .... 
Columbia U. says she is one. 

Marjorie Smith is now living in New- Orleans 
and is attending Law School at Tulane. She 
stopped at S. B. this summer and saw Smut who 
is working at Millner's this Fall. She said that 
Fig was in New York, but the card that I sent 
her addressed to 416 West 118th Street came 
back unclaimed. Any clues? Marjorie's address 
is the U. S. Marine Hospital. 

Dealing Lewis is still doing graduate work in 
English at the University of Chicago. Mitzie says 
that Jeanne Harmon Weisberger visited her this 
summer. Mitzie still has her job, and she and 
her husband are contemplating a belated honey- 
moon at the end of September. 

Eleanor Cooke came to St. Louis with her 
brother who is entering the Medical School here; 
we had a grand long chat on the telephone. She 
said that Elizabeth Combs Carrol is now living 
in Amherst, Virginia. Mary LePine says that 
while she was in Binghamton this summer she 
saw Mary Evelyn Wood Littrell whose address is 
3 Mather Street. Binghamton, New York. She 
also saw Dot Wood Schirmacher. 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

I got a letter from Tooky Lawrence White last 
July saying that Higgins had vist.ed her; that 
Louise Moyer Lowry had a daughter; that they 
have been living in Bradford, Pennsylvania, but 
are now in Olean, New Jersey at 305 North 2nd 
Street. Thank you, pet, please write often. 

Lou Bond Pendleton lives at 407 Union Street, 
Montclair, New Jersey. 

Sally Merritt is now Mrs. Samuel L. Brentnall, 
and is living at the Charleston Court Apart- 
ments. Birmingham, Alabama. 

Well, kids, I guess that ends it and me. My 
daughter is aging me fast; nothing exciting has 
happened to me since May 20th when she was 
born but then, anything after that would seem 
like an anti-climax. Debbie Gale wrote me that 
she spent two weeks motoring through England 
this summer, and has begun her period of hiber- 
nation in Hampton, New Hampshire. 

Many thanks again for all the news that you 
sent me. I'll be after you again in November, 
until then, yours for American Motherhood and 
the Housewives League of the U. S. of A. Do I 
hear cheering? 



Eleanor Fitch, ex '34, was married to Harold 
Eugene Welch on September 15th and will be at 
home at 819 Park Street North, St. Petersburg, 
Florida, after October 1st. 

Watch for December issue as it will contain 
pictures of the Class babies! 


Class Secretary, Sallie Flint, 1108 West Ar- 
mory Avenue, Champaign, Illinois. 
Dear Classmates: 

Well, we are off with a bang on our third year 
as "alums" and, somehow, I don't feel quite as 
antiquated a specimen as I had imagined I might 
back in "sitting-on-the-Golden-Stairs" days — do 
you? However, my good friends and true, bear 
in mind that our celebrated Fifth Reunion is in 
the not too distant future, the moral, of course 
being to keep your contacts up via your column. 
Write your correspondent regularly and avoid the 
horrible fate of poking around by yourself among 
the boxwoods on that important day, unknown, 
unheralded, and unsung! Here endeth the lesson 
for this time. Now for the news. 

Becky Young was married to James Nisbet 
Frazer on July 7. Lida Read and Sue Strass- 
burger were bridesmaids. Mrs. Frazer went on 
a Carribbean cruise for her honeymoon and is 
now living at 2440 Peachtree, Atlanta, (Apt.12.) 

Joyce Hobart finished her MA. at Teachers 
College, Columbia, in June and will continue 
teaching at the New York Institute for the Edu- 
cation of the Blind. She visited Mary Whipple 
Clark in Rochester this summer. Her present ad- 
dress is 195 Claremont Avenue, New York, N. Y. 

Peggy Carry's engagement to Lewis H. Dur- 
land of Ithaca, was announced on August 25. Mr. 
Durland is assistant comptroller of Cornell Uni- 
versity. Peggy writes that no definite wedding 
plans have been made as yet. We are wondering 
"what is to become of the bird sanctuary? 

Dot Barnum is very enthusiastic about her job 
in the Serial Catologue Department of the Yale 
Library. She went to secretarial school in New 
York last winter and shared an apartment with 
Emily Marsh and Margaret Ross — much fun. 
She had a job in New York for two months but 
has been in New Haven since June. Dot saw 
Cynthia Harbison this summer and ran into Kay 
Spiller, effervescent as ever, at Columbia Library 

Ellen Pratt declared she hadn't anything of in- 
terest to offer this time, said she had visited in 
Nantucket this summer but hadn't stumbled over 
any '35ers anywhere. 

Ray Adler sent us a card solid full of names of 
S. B. Cites seen in Blowing Rock, at Virginia 
Beach, and New York at various times. Lida 
Read did the same. 

Mary Lou Saul writes that she has been Mrs. 
Keith Kellogg Hunt for some little time now and 
there is a Keith Kellogg Hunt, Jr., aged seven 
months, who is absolutely incredible. Congratu- 
lations Mary Lou. (Perspective brides, and per- 
spective mothers, please patronize your Class 
Notes column ! ) 

Claudia Montague is working with Raymond 
R. Beatty, Management, Incorporated, and says 
that figuring out social security deductions in 
the monthly payrolls is undermining her constitu- 
tion. She spent her two weeks vacation at Poland 
Springs, Maine. 

I suppose Jessie James Howe's son "Tom," born 
July 28, is no news to a lot of you. Jessie's ad- 
dress is Williamsville, New York, Box 305. 

Grand letter from Hester Kraemer who is sec- 
retarying for the American Chemical Society in 
Washington — address is 6603 Brookville Road, 
Chevy Chase, Maryland. Hester says she may take 
some work at George Washington University this 
year. Don't let it interfere with those Virginia 
week-ends, Hester! She sees Tish Rider fre- 
quently and reports that Eleanor Rust has been 
studying at the Corcoran Art School. Margaret 
Austin, the navy junior, is also in town — Wash- 
ington and New York seem to be full of S. B. 
Cites. Hester writes that Becky Huber is work- 
ing with the Ledger-Dispatch in Norfolk but she 
doesn't know in what capacity. 

Another Washingtonian this winter is Mary 
Willis, who is going to be helping Connie Warner 
with her flower shop. Maiy requests the patron- 
age of all '35ers in the vicinity at the Flower 
Nook. She has written a grand account of her 
exciting trip to the Orient last year which I'm 
saving for the next issue. 

Sue Strassburger is to be instructor in riding 
at. Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Virginia — con- 
gratulations, Sue, and we'll be thinking of you 
riding over Virginia hills again. 

Ginnie Gott will be working in the S. B. library 
again this year. She was home for a month this 
summer when she saw Mary Templeton and Betty 
Klinedinst. Betty continues with her position in a 
library at Bradford, Pennsylvania. 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Kulli Gill writes that she lias completed her two 
years work for an M.A. from Smith College's 
School for Social Work. She is going to be mar- 
ried on November 6, to Vallance A. Mickchs,"*Jr., 
of Rochester. New York. Best wishes, Rtilh. 

Beverley Hill is going to work on her M.A. in 
French (may the Lord watch over her spirit!! 
at the U. of Alabama. I don't suppose you'll be 
able to work in any football games, Bev? I've 
heard they play down there. 

Mary Marks has returned to S. B. to become 
secretary to Mrs. Breck in the Alumnae Office. 

Marie Schroeder-Lake went on a cruise to the 
Mediterranean and Black Seas this summer and 
reports bumping into an ex-S. B. Cite in Kujok, 
Turkey. Marie will be teaching school in War- 
renton this year. 

Broun is coming to New York this winter to 
study advertising at Katy Gibbs. Her address 
will be the Studio Club at 210 East 77 Street 
and she extends an invitation to all. 

Roberta Cope spent the summer at the beach 
at Weekapong, Rhode Island, and will be in 
Quincy. Massachusetts, this winter. She was ex- 
pecting a visit from Mary Templeton when she 

Jerry Johnston spent six weeks with Jackie in 
Blowing Rock and reports that there were 22 
S. B. Cites in the vicinity one week-end. Jerry 
expects to go to Florida this winter and will be 
doing Junior Service League work at home this 
Fall. She writes that Eot has a grand job in Al- 
lentown, Pennsylvania, as a children's consultant, 
whatever that; may be. Her new address is 225 
So. 13th Street. 

Wish I had known you were in New Hampshire 
for two weeks. Wooly, for I would certainly have 
insisted you stop by Cove Island before return- 
ing to secretarying for Messrs. Bailly and Larson, 
patent attorneys. Better luck next time, I hope. 

Helen Schneider spent the summer at Rehobeth 
Beach — Sarah Turpin was down. Helen says that 
Sarah will return to Maryland Institute for the 
last year in costume designing. Jane Mitchell is 
a buyer of some kind in Pittsburgh, Helen tells 
us, and Dot Barry was to be married on October 
2nd. That last is unconfirmed at date of going 
to press. 

Barbara Benzinger got her M.A. in June, did 
some tall visiting in Philly and New York with 
Billy Crane Goodfellow, and went on a three 
weeks cruise to the Thousand Islands. Barbara 
is starting a bacteriology department in the Salem 
City Hospital, Salem, Ohio, and teaching thirteen 
nurses bacteriology. 

Genie Peek writes that she, Natalae Strickland, 
and Jackie Moore went on a Brownell "see-the- 
world" tour this summer — ran into Alice Laubach 
in Kyoto, Japan — lunched with Navy Shaner in 
Manila — saw Alice Benet in Barbizon. 

Got a grand letter from Alice Laubach the 
same day as Genie's card. She got an M.A. in 
Chemistry out in Hawaii (I can't even read the 
name of the thesis!) and left on June 15 for a 
trip to the Orient which must have been plenty 
colorful what with the American consul advising 



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everyone to leave Tientsin, the quaint Japanese 
custom of removing kimonos in the corridors of 
the trains, Peiping and the Great Wall, Hong- 
kong, Canton, and, especially, Shanghai. Alice 
said that she and her family were sailing Septem- 
ber 10 for their new station at the Presidio, San 
Francisco. It was a fine letter, Alice — do it 
again some time. 

Charlotte Omstead Gill is now living in Elkton, 
Maryland — her husband is in the State's Attor- 
ney's office ("they many 'em; we divorce 'em" to 
quote Charlotte.) . A baby girl, Sarah, was born 
March 14. 

Allyn Capron was married this summer to Lt. 
Edward Allee, U. S. Air Corps, formerly of Cha- 
nute Field, Illinois, and they are now stationed in 

Dina Jones Skilton is still enthusiastic about 
domestic life. She has recently taken up sailing 
which takes all her week-ends. She acted hostess 
in Havana to Alice McClosky and friends when 
they were there for three days on a cruise. 

Judy Peterkin has been going in for tall travel- 
ing lately, a trip to Bermuda this spring, motor 
trip through North Carolina and Tennessee moun- 
tains this summer, with jaunts to Washington and 
Cincinnati planned for this fall. Judy has quite 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

a lot of news of -people — Anne Spiers is returning 
to the Dwight School, Englewood, New Jersey, to 
teach French, Alice McClosky is holding down a 
job with the Carnegie Steel Corporation in Pitts- 
burgh, and (Big Scoop!) Jean Imbrie Frey's son, 
Donald Frey, Jr., was born June 20. Imbrie's 
address is 1166 Chapel Street, New Haven. Fve 
at last found out. 

Gen Crossman was as full of news as ever, the 
most important, naturally, being her marriage on 
September 20 to Edson Sweet Stevens. Gen was 
very "bridey" about her new apartment at 61 
W. G ra nd Street, Fleetwood, New York — very 
best wishes from us all, Gen dear. S. B. is to 
have another Crossman, as sister Betty Vivian 
enters this year. Gen was at Dot Loebmann's 
reception on August 29 and said Dot was a beau- 
tiful bride. Address is Mrs. William H. Gen- 
garelly, 23 South Elm Street, Hempstead Gardens, 
Long Island, N. Y. Pat Whitford is still recep- 
tionist for Lydia O'Leary, Inc., Fifth Avenue, but 
there are other rumors. Grace Langeler Irvine 
is president of the S. B. Club in Westchester. 
Marje Curtze Vicary's son is almost a year old. 
Helen Jackson was maid of honor to her sister 
Lucy in August. 

Martha Jones took a secretarial course in Bos- 
ton last year and held a position from October to 
January with the Crusading Advertising Agency, 
which folded up from lack of support. She is 
now wielding the slide rule, adding machine, et 
cetera, for the ' Massachusetts Investors Trust. 
New address is 273 Otis Street, West Newton 

Betty Myers takes the cake this time for the 
most unusual news item. On September 11 she 
and two of her sisters announced their respective 
engagements. Betty's fiance is Kenneth Belcher 
Harding, of West Newton, Harvard '27. Her 
sister Ruth's fiance, is his brother, while twin 
sister Marion's husband-to-be is a former class- 
mate at both prep school and college. Now you 
figure it out. Betty says her wedding plans are 
indefinite as yet. She mentions hearing from 
Bobbie Miller, who wrote from England in July 
and reports Debby Ebaugh, Evie Morris, and 
Sarah Miller all married. 

Will someone enlighten me as to Halli Burton's 
present status and whereabouts? 

I saw Becky Marriner in Baltimore this sum- 
mer. She will be at Johns Hopkins this 

Well, that fills the bill for this time. Nothing 
at all to say about my own activities. Have been 
East since June but expect to be back in good 
old Champaign for the Notre Dame-Illinois game 
on October 9. Other than that I know nothing. 

Expect me again in a few months, my good 

Your correspondent, 

Sallie Flint. 

P. S. — Scoop, scoop, scoop! Just as I was about 
to dispatch this manuscript to the Alumnae Office 
I ran across a very important item in the Ne\w 

York Times. Lida Read's engagement to Henry 
Lane Young, Jr., of Atlanta, has been announced. 
Mr. Young is brother of Mrs. James Nisbet Fra- 
zer, who, if you consult the opening item of this 
column, is the former Becky Young. He is with 
the Atlanta Oil Company. The wedding will take 
place in Chattanooga October 26. Will the class 
please rise and sing to our beloved president of 
Student Government. 

And another scoop! On the same day our be- 
loved Jackie announced her engagement to Ed- 
ward Dwelle, Jr., of Charlotte and Jacksonville. 
The wedding is scheduled for December 11. 


Class Secretary, Alice Benet, 808 Pickens 
Street, Columbia, South Carolina. 

Dear 1936: 

The first morsel which I have to offer, is a veiy 
very nice one. On Aug. 8, Elizabeth Fleet Morton 
announced her engagement to Harry Douglas 
Forsyth, of Lynchburg, the wedding taking place 
October 9. Lib wrote me a grand letter about her 
shopping trip to New York which she followed 
with a visit in Maine. She was away from Lynch- 
burg nearly a month, and came back to plan the 
wedding which will have taken place in the First 
Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg when you read 
this. Carrie Marshall Young, Chloe Frierson, and 
Beda Carlson will be bridesmaids in the wedding. 
Lib's new address is 3907 Boonsboro Road, Lyncb- 

Two other weddings of which I have heard lit- 
tle are Fuzzy Taylor's on October 9 to Marion P. 
Brawley, Jr., (Jane Shelton and Nancy Nalle will 
be bridesmaids as will Sophie Stephens Brown) 
and Parker Goodwin Eyster's. Parker was mar- 
ried this last summer to Mr. Mark Eyster, and is 
now living in what Stump describes as a darling 
apartment in Greenwich Village. The address 
is 5 Minetta Lane. 

And Betty Cocke Winfree, with her usual flair 
for passing things over lightly wrote me that she 
had stayed in Lynchburg all summer, and that 
now she is kept running all day waiting on Pey- 
ton Brown Winfree III, born August 14. She 
wrote it in what appeared to be a "nice weather 
we're having these days" style! Betty also told 
me that Margaret Smith Thomasson has been mop- 
ping up in the tennis circles of Lynchburg, and 
that Polly Langford Payne has a new house. She 
wrote that Mr. Finch is now driving a Lincoln 
Zephyr job. Betty's Lynchburg address is 1300 
Tenth Street. 

Speaking of Libby Wall — she is wound up like 
a top spinning all day and far into the night in 
New York. Living at the Barbizon again, she is 
finishing up her dramatics course, studying Ger- 
man at the Berlitz school, teaching diction, read- 
ing, and elocution at the Central School of Dra- 
matic Art, taking singing and modern dancing les- 
sons, and being on call for rehearsals. Add to 
that running around with assorted serious suitors, 
and you and I have a good picture of E. Wall, 
Lady of Leisure. She says she bumped into Peggy 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Cruikshank working in one of the big stores up 
there and that she sometimes sees Pinkerlon and 
Pierson of the Powers Advertising Agency. Mary 
Virginia Camp will he in New York this winter 
studying dress design at the McDowell school, 
and living al the Three Arts Club. She brought 
glowing reports of Callie Furniss Wolfe's abilities 
as a housekeeper after she had visited them in 
Rome, New York, a visit that was cut short be- 
cause she had to hurry home to be "Miss Virginia" 
and maid of honor to the Queen of the National 
Tobacco Festival in South Boston, Virginia, on 
September 2 and 3. She also told me that Yvonne 
Decker has won a scholarship at the Traphagen 
Fashion School and will start studying there in 
February. It would seem that some of us are 
careerists after all! 

Alma finished up a grand summer counsellor- 
ing at a camp and has gone back to finish her 
kindergarten training in Evanston. Her address 
there is 2532 Ashbury Avenue. And, Miss Alma, 
in answer to your question, all goes most excep- 
tionally well with me and mine! 

Stump wrote me from Baltimore where she was 
getting ready to be in Ouida Harris' wedding, 
and she says that Alva Root Bound and daughter 
Alva (born late in June) have returned to St. 
Louis. I don't have Alva's St. Louis address, and 
would appreciate anyone's forwarding it to me. 
Pinkerton is working full time at the Powers 
Agency and Phoebe is doing well as a model, so 
I'm hoping to see her pictures in the mags very 
soon. Nancy Parsons is still with the asthma 
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Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

oh so very uptown and expensive looking. No, I 
did not have the wheezes — I went to see Parsons! 
Muggy is in New York, and G. A. should be back 
by now from a summer in Europe. 

And Mrs. James McCormack, of 3950 N. Far- 
well Avenue, Milwaukee, wrote that when she 
traded names in June and became McCormack in- 
stead of Donohue, Dodie Burril was a bridesmaid, 
and Betty Voigt was another. Martha Horner 
sang at the wedding. La says she likes Milwau- 
kee, and she adds another voice to this growing 
chorus I hear on all sides that married life is 
grand! Dodie had a grand summer as secretary 
to a lady who was writing a book, and they went 
to the lady's summer place in Maine. Katie 
wrote me about it, and right this minute I can't 
put my hand on Katie's letter, but I'll find it this 
afternoon and there'll be more further down the 

Mary Hesson wrote that she had seen Maggie 
McRae this summer at Sweet Briar, and that she 
gave an address before the Amherst County Dem- 
onstration Club on the work of the S. B. Alumnae 
Association. She's teaching at the Madison 
Heights School this year, but she didn't say what 
grade or subjects. 

And Marge Griffin has gone back to the books. 
She's working on her master's in Sociology at 
Chapel Hill, and the address is 401 Pittsboro 
Road, c/o Dr. A. M. Jordan, Chapel Hill, North 
Carolina. I was supposed to go to Augusta for 
the wedding of a cousin of mine to one of Logan's 
good friends, and Logan asked me to stay with 
her, but at the last minute I couldn't get away, 
so I missed the chance of hearing the news from 
that section. When last I heard of Jackie Moore, 
she was in Cairo, Egypt, and my informers were 
Eugenia Peek and Natalie Strickland, whom I 
met on the street by Millet's studio at Barbizon. 
They, by the way, were on the last train out of 
Shanghai, and their party had to pile into a bag- 
gage coach to get out then! Corinne Fentriss 
Gray's wedding was one of Richmond's loveliest 
according to some Richmond people who were on 
the ship with me coming back. 

Chickie Gregory saw Carl and Peg Huxley- 
Range when they came east this summer and 
stopped by the Gregory's place at Princeton, 
Massachusetts. And from the same source came 
news of Margaret Robertson Dinsmore's daugh- 
ter, Carolina, born September 3. Chick plans to 
be at Columbia University this winter, and said 
she'd seen nobody else from the Briar Patch so 
she was short on news. Madam, a piece about 
yourself and two other pieces adds up to a size- 
able contribution if you ask me! 

Polly Rich taught handicraft at a camp this 
summer, training for which she got working with 
Girl Scout Troops last winter. So far, her plans 
for the winter are vague, but she gave me a lot 
about several people. Mark Powell was in Eu- 
rope this summer, and Willietta Thompson was 
reporting and doing feature articles for her home 
paper. Marylina Stokes is going to the Univer- 
sity of Illinois Library School this winter, and 

Orissa Holden's plans are indefinite after a sum- 
mer's counselling in a New England camp. 

Eliza Lewis is responsible for five of my eighty- 
one gray hairs. She wrote me that when she got 
to Prague, Czechoslovakia, this summer there was a 
letter for me mixed up in her party's mail, and 
I've been wearing myself out wondering if I got 
that letter or if it's still sitting there! She said 
they had a grand time in Europe, and that Fran- 
ces Johnson and Mary Helen Fruehauff were 
along as well as Lucy Rembert. Eliza does what 
she calls "varieties of office work" in her dad's 
cotton mill, and will be at home in Oxford, North 
Carolina all winter. 

Blue ribbon letter this month is Lillian Cabell's. 
Yea, verily, the prodigal hath returned and with 
such a delightful tone, I think you'd all enjoy a 
few quotes from it. The part about her year's 
teaching in Cuba was grand! 

". . . . after school I had to wrestle with 
Spanish on the playground. Just imagine how 
you'd feel teaching hockey or volleyball in 
French! Well, it was a great year and lots of 
experience in art and gymnastics was acquired 
trying to make eight Cubans, two Spaniards, one 
French, and one Belgian understand what an 
igloo and a kayak are. To add to the league it 
sounded like a Chinese school since the Cubans 
are noted for jabbering out loud. When ques- 
tioned they never can remember to whom they 

were speaking or what they were saying 

Cubans are much better linguists than we though' 
I shall never get used to their saying 'Good-bye' 
instead of 'Hello' when they pass on the street. 
.... The school building was an old home with 
such high ceilings we climbed 38 steps to the first 
floor — (the equivalent of ascending to 3rd floor 
Reid at S. B. — imagine the second and third 

floors) The wife of our Dean was a Briar- 

ite, Antoinette Woodward Blankinship (Mrs. 
Hugo), who was grand in helping us have a good 

time The talk of the winter was Blandina 

Jones' wedding to Bill Skilton She was quite 
the loveliest bride Havana has seen " 

This summer Lillian took long canoe and hik- 
ing trips up and around Lake Champlain and into 
Canada. She says once they were in an electric 
storm so bad that the electricity made their hair 
stand up on end — I'd like to have seen the four- 
teen girls paddling along with their hair standing 
straight up on end! After the camp job was 
over, Lillian and two other counsellors rented a 
bread wagon and drove up into Canada around 
Lake Memphamozog (I think that's the name, 
anyhow you get the idea.), and on her way home, 
Lillian saw Stump and Pinkerton. She says you 
should see Stump give an exhibition of how to 
braid a nine-year-old's hair. This winter Lillian 
is taking a few courses at the William and Mary 
extension in Richmond, and is being the asst. 
athletic director at Collegiate High School. Not 
finding that enough she's learning typing at night, 
and then she's being trained for something new 
and different in the line of camping — all 1936s 
with daughters please note. Lillian reported that 
Jackie didn't stop with Europe — she's been 

October, 1937 

Alumnae News 


around the world, and Kilty Lorraine popped over 
to England for two week? via the Normandie 

early in September Now don't you agree 

with me that that was a wonderful letter? 

And as all things must, this report comes 
around to the inevitable "I." For myself, 1 
haven't the faintest idea what to say. Had •' 
grand trip to Europe, with the high spots in De- 
vonshire, where I consumed innumerable rasp- 
berries and strawberries with Devonshire clotted 
cream; in Scotland where all my ancestral blood 
reverted to the clan atmosphere and I adore every- 
thing I saw because I felt that maybe I belonged 
somewhere around on one of the highlands or by 
one of the lochs; and in Norway, where I had 
the privilege of seeing what I believe is the most 
magnificent scenery in the world. But Europe 
and all that are all things of the past, and I am 
up to my neck in work, and having one glorious 
time at it. This year I have had a raise and a 
promotion — I am my own boss, and in charge of 
the central mimeographing bureau of the Univer- 
sity of South Carolina. It means that I work 
hours overtime, and that my hands are in shame- 
ful condition because of the continuous ink-bath 
they have to take, but it is grand. So far I haven't 
had time to work out a schedule and I'm about 
to kill myself trying to do everything I did last 
year, when I worked only until one o'clock in the 
day, and yet be on my job until five — that's what 
the sign says, but it really means six, six-thirty, or 
seven. If you have never heard of a mimeograph- 
ing bureau at a University, it means this: I 
handle all the routine mimeographing for all the 
departments and the administration, and have all 
midsemester quizzes and examinations committed 
to my charge for mimeographing. I have learned 
to keep a double-entry ledger, and am now 7 hav- 
ing a fine time being the efficient (at least I think 
so!) executive! If my horse wasn't sick now, 
I'd still be doing a good deal of riding, though 
it would most be late afternoon and very short 
rides at best. As it is I'm still taking singing, 
singing with a Choral group and with a choir, 
doing my bit for the Junior League, and dabbling 
in the realm of society when time permits. Foot- 
ball is with us again, and I have the added fun 
of knowing what the scouting report told the boys 
to do, in addition to being a spectator, so all Sat- 
urday afternoons are reserved to that end! And, 
the nature of the beast being such that they will 
get married. I have a reduced bank account from 
many wedding presents and a growing notion that 
maybe I was cut out to be the concierge of an 
old ladies" home. The parties have been fun, and 
we are heading into what looks like another gay 
winter. I wish some of you Yankee gals would 
trv the sticks out once in a while — it's loads of 

^> hen I was in New York for tw r elve hours be- 
fore I sailed, I saw Ada and Parsons and Stump 
and Pinkerton, and it did me all the good in the 
world. Despite the fact that every day brings 
gray hair closer, we're being awfully well-pre- 
served, I think, and I was reassured to see that 
the ravages of a whole vear hadn't materially 

changed any of the above-mentioned ladies. 1 
hope to get out Tennessee-way around Thanks- 
giving to see Miss Chloe, but I can't be sure that 
I can get away. 

I told you earlier in the game that I had mis- 
placed Katie's letter. Well, I've found it, and 
before I forget to tell you her address is 439 West 
Main Street. Danville, Virginia. Katie says she 
managed to survive the tropical summer pretty 
well, and that Frankies dam is beautiful. Dodie 
was secretary to Miss Simkhovitch, who is a so- 
cial worker of some note in New York. Two to 
one the Sociology classes at S. B. have to learn 
the publisher's name and the color of the binding 
on that book too before the year's out! Katie 
and La appear to be cooks. I think we'd better 
go try them out! 

And in checking over Libby Wall's letter, I 
discover that I have completely overlooked a par- 
agraph devoted to a glowing description of Scotty 
Kenoke's delightful house — bordered with petu- 
nias, and boasting a vegetable garden where 
friend husband raises everything from oxheart 
tomatoes to broccoli and egg-plant. As ever the 
Kenokes are most wonderfully happy. 

That, my little love-birds, is the sum and sub- 
stance of the news that I could gather. To you 
who wrote, one thousand particularly selected 
thanks, and my undying gratitude. Happy Au- 
tumn to you all. 

Alice Van Y. Benet. 


Class Secretary, Anne Lemmon, 224 Church 
Street, Sumter, South Carolina. 

You all responded nobly to my cards — even 
Dina and Gurley stopped in the middle of their 
wedding plans to write. It really was a comfort 
to hear from you just when everyone else was 
getting ready to go back to college. 

I hope you all had gorgeous summers. We had 
a reunion in New York before Betty Ball. Betty 
William, Nat Lucas and I sailed in June with 
Issie, Nat Hopkins. May, Terry, Midge and 
Bobby Jarvis attending at one time or another. 
I saw Peter Dyer on my way home. She is work- 
ing (not too hard I at her father's office. 

Kempie and Lib Lee went up to see Jackie and 
Ellie in Washington and saw several members of 
the class there — including Norma Rogers, Janie 
Collins and Mary Jane Lightbown. 

Over Labor Day a number of Briarites were at 
\ irginia Beach. Nancy Nalle, Mollie, Lolly. 
Cizzie, Marie Walker and Aggie Crawford were 
among them. 

As usual a number of seniors trotted off to Eu- 
rope after graduation. Issie and Nat Hopkins, 
and Polly Lambeth concentrated on the British 
Isles. Betty Williams. Nat Lucas and I went on 
a tour which didn't miss a thing, and we saw 
quite a bit of Betty Ball who was on a similar 
trip. Mary Helen and Cizzie went together and 
Mary Helen stayed over and is now settled in a 
big chateau near Brussels which looks like the 
pictures in Miss Wilcox's Art 1-2, according to 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

Lolly. Mary Jane Lightbown, ex '37, will study 
in Italy this winter. 

We met Janie Carney in Prague and she told 
us she came over on the boat with Sally Kirkpat- 
rick and her new husband, Joe Ford. They are 
to visit England and France before settling in 
Munich. They can be reached through the Am- 
erican Express, Munich, Germany. 

Now that summer has flown it looks as though 
'37 will divide the winter between weddings, 
business school and loafing — mostly loafing. 

Dina modestly writes she has no news — except 
about herself. She married Eugene Hale Adams, 
of Denver, on September 15 in Denison, Texas. 
Benadine was her only attendant. Nookie was 
supposed to go down for the wedding. Gene and 
Dina flew to Mexico City for their honeymoon. 

Gurley is our other September bride. On the 
eighteenth she was married to Lieut. Royle 
Purinton Davis, U. S. N., in Hammond, Louisiana. 
Eshie and Sue were among her bridesmaids. 
They will live in Washington, D. C, until June 
and her address there will be 2356 40th Street 
N. W., Apt. 107. 

Natalie Lucas announced her engagement to 
Maitland Soutter Chase Jr., on August 29. The 
date for the wedding is October 23, and Terry, 
Polly and I will trip down the aisle among the 
bridesmaids. We're hoping some of you will be 
on the sidelines to cheer us on. Her new ad- 
dress will be Sumter, South Carolina. 

There are a few admirable souls with jobs, 
and I am green with envy. Biddy is working in 
a dress shop in Utica and doing provisional work 
for the Junior League. Margaret Sandidge is 
teaching Biology, Science, and English in the 
high school in Bedford, Virginia, and lives next 
door to Nina. 

Lee Hall is still having wisdom teeth taken out, 
but between times is working for her father and 
will take a secretarial course at night this winter. 
Such ambition! Nancy Nalle has a job in the 
Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte and loves it. 
Kempie is doing social welfare work in Lynch- 

Molly is studying personnel work and advertis- 
ing at Macy's and will live at the Barbizon, Lex- 
ington Avenue and 63rd Street, New York. (I 
don't know if this is really a job, but it sounds 
good, doesn't it?) She worked as assistant di- 
rector in a camp in Cooperstown, New York, this 

Peggy Cruikshank had a playful summer, spend- 
ing a month in Bermuda and visiting at points 
between New Hampshire and Virginia. She has 
settled down to a job in Best's in New York now 
and is also tutoring a girl in French. 

Jackie has a prize job. She is working for the 
United Mine Workers Union (John L. Lewis) 
and claims it is terribly interesting to be in his 
office. I hear Tumie is at Altman's and Nookie 
hopes to get a job in Denver for the winter. 

Honestly, I'm embarrassed about you all. I 
don't think there is going to be a M.A. among us. 

Janie Collins is saving some of our pride by tak- 
ing Law at George Washington Law School this 
winter. She will live at home in Washington. 

Dozens more have resigned themselves to busi- 
ness courses. So have I. Helen Williamson and 
Frickie will attend business college in Lancaster. 
Frickie speaks hopefully of a job. Nina expects 
to try a course for a week or two. 

Katie Gibbs will claim Anne Lauman in Boston 
and Dotty Prout in New York. Dotty's new ad- 
dress will be Parnassus Hall, 605 W. 115th Street, 
New York City. Marie Walker will also be in 
the big city for a business course. She will stay 
at the Allerton, 39th Street and Lexington Avenue. 

May got a head start on all of us. Kitty 
O'Brien visited her right after school, then May 
started her course about the middle of July. 
She's nearly ready for a job now. Bobby Jarvis 
is taking shorthand in English, French and Span- 
ish just to be different. 

Ellie will take a business course in Washing- 
ton, and Betty Ball will try one out in Richmond. 
Dinnie expects to be in Nokomio, Florida, most 
of the winter and will probably study down there. 
Lucy Gore is brushing up on her shorthand and 
French in hopes of getting a job in Chemical 
Library work. 

Polly Lambeth will study in Thomasville and I 
will continue to be teacher's pet here. 

The others I've heard from shamelessly admit 
they expect to loaf. Lill spent the summer in 
Toledo and is now back in Tulsa with no defi- 
nite plans. Kate Shaffer is going to be a joy to 
her family this winter, or so she claims. 

Becky will carry on as she did all summer, rid- 
ing, going to horseshows, and visiting Eastern 
Shore. She seems to be still considering that 
European trip, perhaps for the spring. 

Lolly will divide her attention between the Lit- 
tle Theater and the Junior League in Norfolk 
this winter, so she's not really loafing like Lib 
Lee, who says she will play in Charlotte till after 
Christmas at least. 

Maggie Cornwell was a maid of honor at the 
Veiled Prophet's Ball on October 6 and will prob- 
ably make an informal debut later in the fall. 
She is looking forward to seeing Jurie who ex- 
pects to be in St. Louis this winter. 

Terry visited in Ohio during the summer and 
will divide the winter between the University, 
Sweet Briar for Founders' Day, and South Caro- 
lina for Nat's wedding. Boguie was at Bay Head 
during the summer and will amuse herself by 
having her tonsils out this fall. 

Does anyone know Monkey's new address? Her 
card was returned from the old one. 

I hope a lot of you will come back to college for 
Founders' Day so I'll have something interesting 
to tell you in the December number. And don't 
forget to let me hear from you before then or 
you will get a nasty little card again. Have fun. 






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Volume \ II 


Number 2 

Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridce, '18, Editor 


Sweet Briar, 1906-1916 

"Noblesse Oblige" 13 

Announcements Made on Founders' Day .... 18 

Personalia 20 

Calling Old Records 21 

The Herald Tribune Forum 22 

Of Books No End 24 

Class Personals 25 


Mrs. Herman Wells Coxe 
( Elmyra Pennypacker, '20 ) 

3107 Queen Lane 
Germantown, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. Arthur B. Kline 

(Catherine Cordes, '21) 

4421 Schenley Farms Terrace 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Jeanette Boone, '27 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Geraldine Mallory, '33 

169 East Clinton Avenue 

Tenafly. New Jersey 

Mrs. George F. Tinker 

(Virginia Lee Taylor, '26) 

49 Madison Avenue 

Montclair, New Jersey 

Margaret McVey, '18 
(Honorary Member) 
1417 Grove Avenue 
Richmond, Virginia 

Publicity Chairman 

Alumnae Fund 

Martha von Briesen, '31 

4436 North Stowell Avenue 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 


Alumnae Member oj the 

Board oj Directors 
Mrs. Charles Burnett 

(Eugenia Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Members oj the 

Board oj Overseers 

Mrs. Kent Balls 

(Elizabeth Franke, '13) 

3406 Lowell Street, N. W. 

Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. H. O. Schneider 
(Margaret Grant, '15 ) 

R. F. D. No. 1 
Peekskill, New York 


Mrs. Frederick Valentine 

(Elizabeth Taylor, '23) 

5515 Cary Street Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

First Vice-President 

Mrs. Howard Luff 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

2215 Devonshire Drive 

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 

Second Vice-President 

Elizabeth Wall. '36 

1023 Electric Street 

Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Alumnae Secretary 

and Treasurer 
Vivienne Barkalow 

Breckenridce, '18 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairman Alumnae Fund 

Mrs. Allan Davis 

(Dorothy Hamilton, '26) 

301 Somerset Road 

Baltimore, Maryland 




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her. 1937 

Alumnae News 

Sweet Briar 1906-1916 

(Editor's Note: Dr. Benedict was llie first President of Sweet Briar Coll 

By Mary K. Benedict 

As I start to write the story of Sweet 
Briar's first ten years, those years come to 
me in many pictures. I see the summer 
woods before the girls came, blue moun- 
tains in the distance, red hillsides near. I 
see the empty buildings, and a small group 
of us planning and working every minute, 
students being enrolled, equipment com- 
ing, and the buildings ready to welcome the 
girls and the Faculty. 

I see the girls come on the first opening 
day — so enthusiastic, and so eager to dis- 
cover Sweet Briar, for they, too, had the 
pioneer's spirit, or why should they have 
come? They looked very grown up to 
me. I was a bit scared, feeling very inex- 
perienced. I soon got over it, however, 
because they were so pleased, and so re- 
sponsive, and so ready to take over their 

I see our first year on the campus — un- 
bounded walks through woods golden in 
the fall and white with dogwood and pink 
with red bud in the spring. I feel myself 
climbing through the woods about monu- 
ment hill with the girls at sunset, and stay- 
ing with them on into the moonlit night — 
the circle of yuccas peaceful, and remote 
from traveled roads. Or, alone, I am look- 
ing down from the monument upon the 
first four buildings — the columns of the 
academic building seeming like strings to 
some great musical instrument, the whole 
group speaking of the beauty of the larger 
group to come, and telling of the proces- 
sion of girls which I always visioned so 

I see the girls coming in ever larger num- 
bers, with other buildings springing up 
quickly to take care of them. And I see 
them leaving, too, but leaving ready for 
their next ventures, and they came back 
and we had our alumnae and we were 
proud of diem. 

I see the earnest Faculty members, guid- 
ing, and, perhaps, even pushing the girls 
a little, into college work. I see a girl now 

and then coming into my office to ask to be 
allowed to drop a subject, and I puzzle 
again over my problem of how to get her 
to take up two more subjects instead of 
dropping one. 

I see our Trustees, and think how fine 
it was that I was always sure of their sup- 
port. I see them as individuals helping 
in small matters as well as large. I see 
Mr. Manson, greeting each girl by name, 
asking about all our little happenings, and 
I know again the strength he was to us in 
all the problems that arose. One just 
couldn't be discouraged with Mr. Manson 

In thinking back over these pictures, I 
realize that I do not now, and that I never 

Dr. Mary K. Benedict 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

did see Sweet Briar as it was then and must 
have appeared to any interested observer. 
From the day I first learned about the col- 
lege — Dr. Grammer told me about it in the 
spring of 1906 — I saw Sweet Briar as it 
was to be and as it is yet to be. In fact 
the vision of what we have all been work- 
ing for since the inception of the college 
has always been more real to me than what 
existed on the campus at any time. 

And so I must present the Sweet Briar 
of 1906 to 1916 not as a young immature 
college entity as others might have seen it 
from the outside, but rather as a cross sec- 

tees, would be the first president. But, 
because of failing health, he had given up 
his work at Sweet Briar. 

Dr. McBryde had planned to live at St. 
Angelo which belonged to Sweet Briar as 
a part of the bequest of the Founder. The 
old home of Mrs. Mosby, Mrs. Williams' 
sister, had been completely changed and 
made over in the plan to make it a presi- 
dent's house. The house looked, when I 
first saw it, as to its exterior, very much 
as it does now. It was a possible residence 
for me, but it was too far away, and I 
decided at once to live at Sweet Briar house 

Mr. Manson, the Speaker at One of the Early Commencements, and Miss Benedict 

tion of what has been taking place steadily 
at Sweet Briar during the past thirty years. 
The most gratifying thing to all who have 
worked for Sweet Briar is the fact that its 
purpose and plan have always been one, 
and its progress toward the realization di- 
rect. So I cannot tell you of a different 
Sweet Briar from the one you have now. 

I came to Sweet Briar on the sixth of 
June, nineteen hundred and six. Sweet 
Briar was to open the following Septem- 
ber. The appointment of a president was 
late because it had been expected that Dr. 
J. M. McBryde, President of Virginia Poly- 
technic Institute at Blacksburg, and a mem- 
ber of Sweet Briar's first Board of Trus- 

where I occupied the rooms that have been 
used by both succeeding presidents. 

St. Angelo was never used by the col- 
lege, and was bought by Dr. Walker early 
in the first decade, and it became a de- 
lightful place for us to go to, and we felt 
that it was a great gain to our community 
to have the Walkers there. 

Sweet Briar house looked then as it does 
now, except that the west tower was quite 
a little higher than the other one. The 
towers were made of equal height when 
the house was rebuilt after the fire some 
time later than this first period. 

Besides being a president's house, it con- 
tained the administrative offices, which 

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Alumnae News 

were three, Mr. Dew's, my secretary's, and 
mine. It contained the post office. the--in- 
firmary, guest rooms, and, at various times, 
rooms for Faculty members. The west 
tower had a winding stairway and was 
just one large room above my bed room. 
Girls used to come over there to sleep for 
the experience, but never saw a ghost. We 
did not keep house there, and as the col- 
lege grew the infirmary needed house keep- 
ing facilities, and was moved to a suite in 
the apartment house. Offices remained in 
Sweet Briar house throughout the decade. 

When I came. I found Mr. Cram's most 
beautiful plan for the group of buildings, 
and we had a very fine set of architect's 
drawings of die group as it would be when 
completed. These pictures were a visuali- 
zation of our plans for the future, and Mr. 
Cram's vision was one of the things that 
inspired us. The fact that we had a plan 
for a harmonious group of buildings from 
the beginning saved much discussion that 
the erection of a new building often occas- 
ions in a college, and kept the unity of 
architecture which is always to be desired. 
Although we met some diversity of opin- 
ion about having a quadrangle out in the 
country, no other plan seems so satisfying 
as the one to which we were committed in 
the beginning. Unfortunately the fine set 
of architect's drawings were lost at the 
breaking up of die Jamestown exposition 
where we had sent them. Mr. Cram was 
one of our speakers at an earlv Founders' 

Of the plan, four buildings had been 
completed when I arrived — the academic 
building, the refectory, and two dormito- 
ries. The buildings had no names, and we 
continued to speak of the "academic build- 
ing" and the "refectory," but we soon gave 
names to the dormitories — Gray and Car- 
son. We named them for the Reverend 
Arthur Gray of Amherst, and die Reverend 
T. M. Carson of Lynchburg, both Trustees 
whom Mrs. Williams had named in her 
will. Mr. Carson died before the college 
opened and we did not know him. Mr. 
Gray was Secretary of the Board for most 
of the first decade, and was a devoted 
friend of Sweet Briar. He preached quite 
regularly- for us during the first year when 
we had no chaplain, and bad roads or bad 

weather never stopped him. I can see him 
now as he rode off one Sunday without 
slaving for dinner when the rain was com- 
ing down in torrents on him and his horse, 
when he had to go to another service some 
miles away. 

My first trip through the buildings made 
it clear diat there was much to be done on 
the material side before September. I re- 
member especially my first sight of the 
inside of the academic building. There 
was nothing in it except piles of plaster 
on the unstained floors, not even a black 
board. The dormitories looked bare also, 
but the refectory floor looked smooth and 
ready to be danced on. The water supply 
was ready, but the steam fitting had not 
been done, the electric light wiring had not 
been put in, and so we were concerned 
with getting ready our steam heat, hot 
water, electric light, steam laundry and 
cold storage, as well as with staining 
floors, decorating, getting kitchen and din- 
ing room furniture, and academic furniture 
and equipment. Plans for all these things, 
except for the academic building and in- 
firmary were under way, being in charge 
of the Executive Committee of the Board. 

Most of the buildings were sufficiently 
ready by the opening of college in Septem- 
ber to make us comfortable, but it was nec- 
essary to continue the work on the material 
side during the first year to get the neces- 
sities of living to running smoothly. New 
sources of our water supply had to be 
looked up as the years went by and the 
college grew. 

We had a few mix ups in our equip- 
ment that first fall. Miss Young could 
not find her music and limited for it 
until she located it in an ice box in the 
kitchen where it had been placed with 
the idea that it was meat. I had no 
filing case, but one was ordered, and fin- 
ally I was told it was there. I directed 
that it be set up between the two front 
windows in my r office, and when I later 
came in I found Professor deLaunay's 
kitchen cabinet all ready for my records. 

Besides Sweet Briar house and the four 
college buildings, we had at the start the 
apartment house and three professors' resi- 
dences. Miss Mattie Patteson took charge 
of the apartment house, and from the mo- 

The Original Group of Buildings 

ment she came all was well there. She 
spoiled the teachers terribly, making little 
brown biscuit for those that wanted little 
brown ones, large white biscuit for those 
that wanted large white ones, small white 
ones, and large brown ones, hard and soft 
ones with all the variations of size and 
color. She made special desserts for those 
who couldn't eat the regular ones, but 
served them the regular ones too and they 
were never refused. 

But, of course, there were many things 
to think of besides material things. Ques- 
tions of general organization and adminis- 
tration presented themselves, and we had 
to think of our curriculum, of selecting a 
Faculty, and of getting students. 

I met a fairly serious problem of admin- 
istration when I entered upon my duties. 
I found that the college had been organized 
with two heads each working directly under 
the Board. The administrative head was 
an officer called Secretary who was also 
Business Manager. The educational head 
was the President, who had no concern 
with the finances, but was a sort of Prin- 
cipal. The by-laws provided for this. It 
seemed as if a college could not be suc- 
cessfully administered in this way, and, at 
my request, the question of organization 
was re-considered, the by-laws changed, 
and the President made the chief adminis- 
trative officer as well as the responsible 
educational one. The original office of 
Secretary was dropped, and the office of 
Business Manager established, and before 
the summer was over Mr. Dew came, and 
his administration of the business side of 

the college has been one of its greatest 
blessings through all the thirty years. 

A strong foundation for the educational 
work had been laid in the years preceding 
the opening. The Board had determined 
that the school Mrs. Williams founded 
should be a college. Bishop A. M. Ran- 
dolph was President of the Board during 
the first decade. His visits were always 
delightful. He preached for us whenever 
we could get him during the first years and 
his sermons were inspiring. It was his 
wish as well as the wish of the other clergy- 
men on the Board that the college should 
be non-sectarian, and it was so established. 
Mrs. Williams had named three Episcopal 
clergymen as trustees, and it would not 
have been surprising if the institution had 
been made a church school. 

The educational work was under the 
special direction of the Educational Com- 
mittee of the Board. Dr. Grammer was 
the Chairman of that committee, and the 
adoption of the high standards of college 
work was due in great measure to him. 
His guidance of the educational policies 
before the opening and during the first 
decade was invaluable. 

The Board had adopted a set of entrance 
requirements — those recommended by the 
College Entrance Examination Board. This 
was, of course, the first step toward making 
the institution one of collegiate grade. So, 
before the college opened, before its Presi- 
dent and Faculty were elected, or its stu- 
dents enrolled, the standard of work was 
set. It was the task of all of us, Faculty 

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Alumnae News 

and students, to tarry on toward the reali- 
zation of the purpose of the Board. ' "• 

I found also that some preparatory 
courses had been planned. This was neces- 
sary because we started with a large plant, 
and must have pupils in some numbers. 
We were, as a community, cut off, and de- 
pendent on ourselves for our community 
life, and we needed as large a group as we 
could have for this reason also. But a very 
important reason for doing some prepara- 
tory work was that at that time the schools 
in the soudi, and, indeed, in other sections 
from which we drew, were not doing stand- 
ard preparatory work, and we could not 
get satisfactorily prepared girls from the 
high school graduates in many cases. All 
of the colleges and universities in the south 
had to meet this problem, and universities 
were giving preparatory courses calling 
them, I believe, at the University of Vir- 
ginia, A courses. 

The Board had elected before my coming 
three professors. These were Dr. J. M. 
McBryde, Jr., Professor of English; Dr. 
Smyth, Professor of Biology, and Dr. Wil- 
liam Berkeley, Professor of Chemistry, 
Physics, and Geology. Dr. Smyth had re- 
signed before I came. Dr. Berkeley re- 
mained for a year and was then called else- 
where. Dr. McBryde was with us for sev- 
eral years, giving enjoyable and stimulat- 
ing work in English. It was a great loss to 
us when he accepted a call to the Univer- 
sity of the South at Sewanee. It is to Dr. 
McBryde that we owe the Sweet Briar Seal. 
He planned it, using the coat of arms of 
the Fletcher family and that of Lord Am- 
herst for whom the county was named. 

It was necessary for me in about a month 
to find for all other positions candidates 
whom I could recommend to the Board, 
and to get their help in planning the cur- 
riculum and designating the equipment 
which we had to have at hand for the be- 
ginning of the work. At a meeting of the 
Board in July, the following first Faculty 
was established. Dr. McBryde, Professor 
of English: Dr. Berkeley — Chemistry, Phy- 
sics and Geology; Miss Gay Patteson — 
Mathematics; Miss Eleanor Tucker — Biol- 
ogy; Miss Susan Moses — Latin; Dr. Hum- 
phrey — French: Miss Helen Young — 
Music; Mr. deLaunay — Art; Miss Jessa- 

mine Chapman — Home Economics; Dr. 
Mary Harley — Physician and teacher of 
Hygiene. Dr. Harley started the girls in 
their sports, also, as we had no instructor 
in Physical Education the first year. I 
myself was Professor of Philosophy, and I 
filled in, taking a course in beginning 
French for a time. The other teachers 
also took an occasional course outside of 
their special lines when the need arose. 

The history department was not organ- 
ized the first year, the courses in that sub- 
ject being given by those on the Faculty 
who were equipped to give them. Miss 
Sparrow came to us the second year, and 
her name belongs with the Faculty foun- 
ders, as do the names of Miss Morenus, 
Miss Guion, Miss McLaws, Mr. Worthing- 
ton, Mr. and Mrs. Rollins. Mr. Rollins 
was our Chaplain and taught Psychology 
as well as religious subjects. Mrs. Rollins 
was a pianist of ability and had a wide 
reputation as a performer and accompanist. 
We missed Mr. and Mrs. Rollins and con- 
sidered their going a great loss when Mr. 
Rollins was called to the Seminary at Alex- 
andria where he is now Dean. 

The administrative work was organized 
efficiently. Mr. Dew made the wheels go 
round without friction. Mr. Martindale 
gave a good deal of time to things on the 
campus as well as on the farm. 

We had several trained dietitians one af- 
ter another at the beginning, but the run- 
ning of the refectory did not go smoothly 
until Miss Fannie Carroll came. From the 
time she took hold there was nothing but 
praise for the meals and the general man- 
agement of the housekeeping. Miss Dix 
came to us not long after the start, began 
by helping Miss Carroll in the refectory, 
and now you know her as the very much 
depended on Mrs. Martindale. 

When I came, one student only was reg- 
istered to enter. She was Lillian Lloyd, 
the daughter of the Reverend John Lloyd 
of Lynchburg. She had been registered 
for two years, and was waiting for the 
opening and she has the distinction of 
being Sweet Briar's first student. 

At a meeting on June 8th, the Board put 
into my hands an appropriation of five 
thousand dollars to be used in advertising 
the school. During the summer we had 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

announcements in newspapers and maga- 
zines, and we sent out several thousand 
booklets describing tire prospective college 
in general and many copies of our book of 
views and requirements for admission and 
statements of our courses of study. This 
advertising was supplemented by as much 
personal work as possible. Dr. McBryde 
made a trip through the state visiting 
school officers and persons likely to be 
interested in the college, and I made a trip 
of the same sort southward and through 

We opened the first session with fifty-one 
students, thirty-six of them being boarders, 
fourteen of them day students from Am- 
herst, and one a resident of Lynchburg who 
came out twice a week for music and Eng- 
lish. We lost one girl at Christmas time 
and gained one so the number remained die 
same throughout die year. 

We had a very happy opening. The girls 
liked die college and each other at once, 
and the college liked the girls at once. I 
doubt if a college ever started with a more 
joyful group. The fact that Dudley Pow- 
ers came from Michigan, Margaret Eagles- 
field from Indianapolis, Ina Larkins and 
Helen Schulte from New Jersey, Adelaide 
Schockey from West Virginia, Ellen Hay- 
nie from Ohio, while too many for me to 
name from the southern states from Vir- 
ginia to Texas, made us a broad minded 
community from the beginning. Each girl 
carried home her enthusiasm for Sweet 
Briar, and from the outset girls have come 
from all over the country from contacts 
started through the girls of the early years. 
Fortunately for the college, the forces 
controlling the students' comings and go- 
ings were not centrifugal to the extent that 
they are at the present day. Automobiles 
were in use, but roads were not good, and 
the urge to go somewhere else which our 
young people feel so much had not yet 
appeared. Once at Sweet Briar, a girl 
expected to stay there until vacation came. 
Indeed it was doubtful whether one could 
get away even then. I well remember the 
beginning of our first Christmas vacation. 
Some girls left in the morning and the rest 
were to go in the early afternoon on a 
north bound and south bound train which 
came fairly close together according to the 

time table. But we really never knew 
when we could get a train, and, since there 
was no station or station agent, there was 
no way of finding out except to go and see. 
We had a sign board where the present 
station is, and could set the signal for the 
train to stop. The trains were always late, 
and when one thought a train was on time, 
we were told it was yesterday's train. 

At the first Christmas vacation, in order 
that I might know that the girls were safely 
on the way home, I went to the station with 
diem for those early afternoon trains. We 
sat in the bus hoping to hear a train whis- 
tle, and often got out and put our ears to 
the track — a very common performance at 
Sweet Briar station during the early years. 
But the afternoon wore away without a 
single toot or a single vibration of the 
rails. We watched the sun go down — a 
cheerful group we were, singing and chat- 
ting and laughing. The sun was just set- 
ting when we thought we heard a train 
whistle from the direction of Monroe and 
soon our ears got a vibration on the rails. 
As Amherst was more of a stop than Sweet 
Briar then, and we could find out some- 
thing about trains there, we all went on the 
north bound train to Amherst, those going 
north continuing on it. I got off at Am- 
herst with the south bound girls, and after 
another half hour or so a train came 
headed south, and I saw the last girl off 
for home. 

As that train would not stop at Sweet 
Briar for a passenger from Amherst, I had 
to get myself home some other way. It 
was getting too dark to walk. So I went 
to a livery stable in Amherst and got a 
horse which I mounted side saddle style in 
my best broadcloth suit. The horse knew 
it was the end of the day and did not want 
to go to Sweet Briar, and kept turning back 
toward home. But I did get him on the 
road finally. His speed, if it could be 
called that, was made even less by the state 
of the road. The usual state of the roads 
at diat time of year was just fluid red mud. 
The horse waded through it, and we at 
last got onto our good Sweet Briar road. 
My dark blue broadclodi suit was ruined 
by the fluid red mud, and I never wore it 

Dec cm her. 1937 

Alumnae News 

One day alter that Mr. Peyton Evans 
stood on the side porch of Sweet Briar 
house and spoke very feelingly of the good 
road which he said must come. I answered 
him very feelingly, too. that it must come. 
And it did — first to Lynchburg, then to 
other places. We can remember our first 
motoring trips to Natural Bridge, over 
mountains, around hairpin bends, through 
the woods. One couldn't make such good 
time over those roads then, but why should 
one want to hurry through those woods 
filled with green wild honeysuckle, or gor- 
geous laurel? 

We used the horse drawn bus for some 
years after we should naturally have used 
a motor bus. This we did because our bus 
driver, whom we valued highly, preferred 
the horses. 

That we were isolated from the outside 
world was favorable to the growth of our 
college life. I don't know how 7 we could 
have had our college life if every week-end 
our thirty-six had been called for and 
whirled off in cars the first year. The girls 
gave their main energies to what they could 
do at the college and started the student 

There was some effort to establish soror- 
ities at Sweet Briar, but the girls voted 
against it the very first year. 

Organization of the student life was 
started at once. There was no question in 
the minds of the members of the Faculty 
or the Trustees that Student Government 
should be established at Sweet Briar. The 
girls did not have to ask for it. It was 
offered to them. When an early president 
of the Student Government Association 
came to my office to tell me that she had 
been elected she looked at me and said 
"And now what must I do?" I thought 
how different it had been at Vassar where 
we had to '"get" this and "get" that in the 
way of something we wanted to do our- 
selves, a little at a time. 

Our Faculty 7 were young, and their col- 
lege davs very recent, so there were many 
suggestions forthcoming when the students 
were wondering what they "must do."' I 
liked that "must"' which the girls from our 
section used. I felt that it meant that they 
were looking for the compulsions of fine 
ideals and effort in the direction we saw 


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The Peacock 

ahead. While our Faculty brought sug- 
gestions from the student life of Vassar, 
Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, Goucher, and from 
universities north and south, the girls were 
building customs and traditions that were 
characteristically Sweet Briar's. 

The first May Day was a wholly im- 
promptu affair. Some one suggested hav- 
ing a celebration and every body looked 
at every body else to see who would make 
a Ma)" Queen. Ann Boyall was elected. 
Songs were composed to airs we all knew. 
A may pole was put up in the boxwood 
circle. No one was especiallv invited. 
Anyone who happened along on the day 
saw the girls in the circle, all in white 
dresses, dancing and winding the may pole, 
entirely unconscious of the spectacular 
side. Our peacock entered into the picture, 
and went into the circle and displayed his 
beautiful spread out tail in the midst of 
the ceremonies. Our peacock used to grace 
the grounds in the early years. He usually 
responded to any noise he heard with his 
very unmusical call. He often sat out be- 
hind the academic building in a tree not 
far from the room where we had our first 
chapel services, and whenever we started 
to sing a hymn he screeched. We were 
presented with several peacocks, but after 
the first few years we were not able to in- 
terest them to be a part of things. 

We were always eager to have as many 
visitors as we could during the early years. 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

My sister was a student at Vassar during 
Sweet Briar's opening years, and I asked 
her to bring down to visit us several friends 
from Vassar during the Vassar spring 
recess which was not Sweet Briar's vaca- 
tion. She came with others, among them 
girls active in sports — the captain of the 
1911 hockey team, members of the college 
basket ball team. These girls entered into 
the Ufe at Sweet Briar and enjoyed it 
thoroughly. They "gave" Sweet Briar one 
or two of the songs the girls at Vassar 
sang, which they adapted, "Gainst the Bose 
and Gainst the Green," and others. 

I have asked Agnes Benedict to write 
her impression of Sweet Briar as she re- 
calls it. She writes as follows: 

"The two spring vacation visits at Sweet 
Briar form one of the brightest patterns in 
my memory. Every moment was associ- 
ated with youth, eagerness and happiness 
— a 'young' time of the year, young friends, 
my own youth, a young and growing col- 
lege. I remember slender figures passing 
between lighted colonnades, the smell of 
red newly plowed earth, melting blue hills, 
warm sun on old boxwood, the warm, 
bright hospitality of our hostesses. Of 
course there were parties and rides, jokes 
and singing and the ring of laughter. And 
endless discussions, 'How do you do it at 
Sweet Briar? How do you do it at Vas- 

"In the midst of diese glowing impres- 
sions is one more serious. It is the one 
which stands out, perhaps, more strongly 
than any others. It is the sense of maturity 
of these girls. Happy though they were, 
young though they were, they were re- 
sponsible. They were laying foundations, 
pioneering, helping to mould an institu- 
tion. We had our traditions — and they 
were very hallowed and precious to us. 
They were making theirs — and the process 
was making women of them." 

Our second year Katherine Wilson came 
as a freshman and the following year she 
went to Vassar as a full fledged sophomore. 
She was our first transfer, and there was 
no trouble at any time in having our work 
accepted with full credit by other colleges 
and universities. But few wanted to go 
to other colleges for undergraduate work. 
Loyalty to Sweet Briar we always had, not 

for the sake of loyalty, but girls came and 
stayed because they wanted Sweet Briar. 

We had sub-freshmen and special stu- 
dents for the first ten years. We had them, 
not only because we needed numbers, but, 
as I have said before, because we could not 
get well prepared students. College pre- 
paratory work was not standardized, in 
many of the sections from which we drew 
our students. At die time, too, college en- 
trance requirements were rather rigid, 
Latin and mathematics being necessary for 
entrance to the leading colleges. Our girls 
had often been well taught through four 
years or more of preparatory work, but 
had not had the particular subjects speci- 
fied for college entrance. We were quite 
strict about credits for admission to the 
college work and classification as a college 
student, and we relegated to the sub-fresh- 
man group many a high school graduate 
who, because of the more flexible entrance 
requirements of today would be classified 
as a college student now. We probably 
leaned over backward in our determination 
to stand with colleges of the first rank. 

We suffered, as the head of another 
young college once put it, from the appre- 
ciation of other colleges, and we lost sev- 
eral of our good Faculty members by their 
being called away. But some of our most 
valued teachers would not accept calls 
away, and so we had a loyalty in die case 
of teachers, as in the case of students, based 
on an enthusiastic response to an oppor- 
tunity to build something fine. 

The two dormitories were filled the sec- 
ond year, and in November of that second 
year, 1907, the Board saw that we should 
need more room for the fall of 1908, and 
decided to erect another dormitory. Ran- 
dolph was ready for occupancy in Septem- 
ber, 1908. Soon after came Manson, and 
with it our much needed chapel and assem- 
bly hall on its first floor, where we still 
meet. Later still, Grammer Hall completed 
the group which we had at the close of the 
decade. We put the sub-freshmen over 
diere under a separate head mistress, or- 
ganized their life differently, called them 
an academy, and planned to find a place 
somewhere else for a good preparatory 
school of which they should be the nucleus. 
But this was not done, and we all rejoiced 


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Alumnae News 


thai SO mam students who wauled college 
wanted Sweel Briar and the sub-freshman 
group could be dropped at the beginning 
of the next decade. 

After a few years, we felt that the col- 
lege had proven its value to such an extent 
that an appeal for an endowment could be 

There had been an idea in the minds of 
the public that Sweet Briar was a rich col- 
lege. This was far from being the case. Mrs. 
Williams had left a half million dollars, 
but that was spent in the plant and none 
of it came to us as money. We faced def- 
icits and were in debt for several years 
after we opened. Under the direction of 
Mr. Manson, we were able to carry and 
gradually reduce the debt. Mr. Manson's 
help at this time was invaluable. He made 
himself personally responsible for debts 
that the college had to incur. He signed 
notes himself. At the same time, he saw 
the importance of not cutting expenditures 
at vital points. Our Faculty pay roll, 
small as it was, was always sufficient to en- 
able us to have a fine Faculty, and I al- 
ways felt free to exclude students at any 
point where admissions would seem detri- 
mental to our educational progress, even 
though numbers would help financially. 

We were out of debt by' the end of our 
first decade, and were hard at work by that 
time trying to raise an endowment. We 
made all the contacts we could with per- 
sons who administered funds that had been 
given for educational work. Dr. Wallace 
Buttrick who was the executive officer for 
the funds of the General Education Board, 
told me that he believed we could never 
amount to much out there in the country 
unless we could get a few millions, and he 
didn't think we could get them because we 
didn't amount to much. He advised me to 
take another job, and I came from a talk 

with him with die knowledge that the out- 
side world was less sure of us than we were 
of ourselves. 

However, Mrs. Emery, of Cincinnati, 
promised us a thousand dollars, and we 
launched a campaign to raise ten thousand." 
In the foreword of a booklet published in 
December, 1915, by the Alumnae Associa- 
tion, we read "The $10,000 is raised! Con- 
gratulations, girls. . . . The result 
thus far must surely thrill each one of us." 

We started as an "Institute" -— were 
founded and chartered as "Sweet Briar 
Institute." This was distressing to us, and, 
though we always said "college," we had to 
print "Institute." The word just didn't 
seem to fit, fine word though it is. There 
seemed to be no way of changing the name 
formally, so I decided with the connivance 
of others interested, to just put "college" 
wherever the word "institute" was. I won- 
dered what the Board would do to me for 
that, but they never took me to task. I 
don't know whether we are still "Institute" 
under the charter or not. 

Some persons thought "Sweet Briar" was 
not the right name for a college. Just 
about everybody who knew Sweet Briar 
liked the name, and those who lived there 
loved it, but outsiders thought in many 
cases that it was unfortunate. I asked a 
number of outsiders about it. One educa- 
tor, head of one of the large colleges, said 
she w r ould rather have her degree from an 
institution called "Lily of the Valley" than 
"Sweet Briar." Because of the possibility 
that the name might not represent us satis- 
factorily, I once recommended to the 
Board that we get another name, and sug- 
gested "Fletcher College" as there is a 
Williams. But no one connected with the 
college really wanted any other name, and 
it was not very long after we started that 
we stopped thinking about it, and knew 
that it would be Sweet Briar — forever. 

'Between the years, 1914-1916. $11,900.00 -was raised by various college activities and individual 
contributions under the supervision of Miss Benedict. The list appearing on the following page is Miss 
Benedict's record of contributors to the Endowment Fund from January through May. 1915. 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

Contributions to Endowment Fund, 1915 

1 On Hand ■ $ 

Rachel Lloyd 

Miss Prenez and Miss Liordet 

Freshman vaudeville 

Charlotte More 

Mrs. W. H. Marshall 

Grift through Mary Martha Armstrong 


E. Wilson and C. Mashall 

Latin tutoring 

The Talkative Tahle 

1 Cilia Guggenheimer 

Miss Carroll's sandwiches 

Third floor Mason 

Third floor Randolph 

Gifts through M. M. Armstrong 

Third floor Randolph-continued 

Alumnae Association 

Miss Carroll's sandwiches 

M. MacDonough 

Alumnae Association 

Miss M. Patteson 

Cilia Guggenheimer 

232 Carson (Xmas exhibit) 

Gifts through Gertrude Piper 

Gifts through Anna Beveridge 

Basket Ball game 

Mrs. Lewis's Tea 

Recital — Misses Washburn and Walker 

Basket Ball game. February 12 

The Morenus-Birkhoff Kodak Co 

Mary Martha Armstrong 

Additional from tea at Mrs. Lewis's. . 

Dorothy Lykes 

Alumnae Association 

Mr. Thomas F. Ryan 

Miss Carroll's sandwiches. . - 

Henrietta Washburn 

Manson Hall 

Domestic Science Department 

Miss Carroll's sandwiches. ..... 

Dan's Grocery Company 


Proceeds from Glee Club Concert. . . . 

8 Miss Carroll 

8 Alumnae Association 

8 Gertrude Piper 

Carson Hall 

E. Lowman 

E. Wilson 

Grammer Hall 

Miss Gascoignes Dancing Class 

G'rammer Entertainment 

Miss Carroll's sandwiches.. 

Alumnae Association 

Margaret Schmidt 

Late registrations 

Virginia McEwan 

Randolph Hall 


Alumnae Association 

Alumnae Association (Evanston Chap.) 

Mary Martha Armstrong 

Miss Margie Gough . ... 


Mary Storley 

Cilia Guggenheimer .... .... 

Miss Carroll's sandwiches 

Miss Gardner . . . 

Miss Carroll's sandwiches.. 

1 Alumnae Association 

1 Alumnae Association ... 

1 Domestic Science Department 

5 Incidentals 

5 Amy Elliott 


























































































































































































Dramatic Association 150.00 

Ruth CoTe 1,00 

Domestic Science Department 13.00 

Faculty play 143.60 

Manson bank 2.45 

Alumnae Association 40.00 

Dorothy Day 2.00 

Anonymous 30.00 

Mr. Gilmore 5.00 

Anonymous 3.00 

Orchestra concert 50.00 

Mrs. Dew's Tea 21.40 

Domestic Science Department 12.00 

Alumnae Association 112.00 

M. R. Scott 10.00 

Gray Hall 30.96 

Gertrude Piper 1.00 

Alumnae Association 75.00 

Edith Harper 50.00 

Mr. Manson 1,000.00 

Class of 1917 800.00 

Anonymous 25.00 

Anonymous 100.00 

Alumnae Association 78.60 

William Dew (-circus) 1.00 

Alumnae Association 48.00 

New Jersey (see letter) 104.00 

Alumnae Association 7.3.00 

Sorrel Top Association 9.72 

Mr. Fergus Reid 1,000.00 

Alumnae Association 62.00 

Annie White 5.00 

Miss Pitkin, Wellesley 1902 15.00 

Rebekah Bullard 28.00 

Illinois Club 11.50 

Mr. W. H. Thomas 200.00 

Alumnae Association 68.00 

Adams Bros. Paynes Co 100.00 

Welleslev College 200.00 

Mr. C. M. Guggenheimer 100.00 

Ohio Chapter Alumnae Association... 103.50 

A. Turman 1.87 

C. Doumers 6.00 

V, McEwan : 9.55 

P. Brown 3.85 

E. Towman .80 

R. Bullard 10.00 

Anonymous 25.00 

H. Evans 1.00 

Alumnae Association 78.00 

Mr. James W. Brown 50.00 

Ellen Howison 5.00 

Miss Robertson 4.00 

Margaret Schmidt 2.65 

Class of 1915 150.00 

Class of 1916 100.00 

Ahimnae Association 60.00 

Mr. Dew 50.00 

Mr. Martindale 25.00 

Edith Forbush 5.00 

College Club 47.38 

Miss Carroll's sandwiches 5.00 

Anonymous 20.00 

Anonymous 1 .00 

Anonymous 5.00 

Anonymous 1.75 

Alumnae Association . 104.00 

Sub-freshmen 56.36 

Alumnae Association 11.00 

Cilia Guggenheimer 10.00 

College Club 7.00 

Class of 1918 100.00 

New York Chapter Alumnae Assn.. . . 100.00 

Charleston, "W. Va., Alumnae Assn.. . . 28.78_ 

R. Bullard . 8.00 

Randolph Hall 7.00 

Sandwiches 9.50 

December, 19.17 

\u \i\ \i News 


"Noblesse Oblige" 

( Editok's Note: 

l!\ Hr. Mary E. Wooeley 
The following address was given by Dr. Woolley on Founders' Day this year.) 

Ihere IS MICH thai 
makes me feel "at home"' 
today . I have been present 
at numerous celebrations 
of "Founders' Day" at a 
woman's college: in Mas- 
sachusetts, not in Virginia. 
— but the resemblances are 
so many more than the 
differences, that I could 
easil-- imagine myself un- 
der the elms of the Con- 
necticut \ alley rather than 
under the oaks of beautiful 
Sweet Briar. 

And the charming story 
of Daisy Williams by Mar- 
garet Banister recalls familiar scenes, for 
the New \ ork which Daisy Williams knew 
was the New York of my little girlhood. 

This is a year when it is natural for us 
of the colleges for women to take a back- 
ward look. Ten days from today it will 
be just one hundred years since Mount 
Holvoke Seminary welcomed its first stu- 
dents, an event which, — taking Old Father 
Time by die forelock. — we celebrated last 
May. Within the last month. Oberlin Col- 
lege in Ohio, has celebrated its opening of 
full college opportunity to women and the 
beginning in the United States of collegiate 
co-education: one week from today there 
will be observed in Washington, the one 
hundredth birdiday of Elizabeth Somers. 
the founder and for many years, head-mis- 
tress of Mount Vernon Seminary and Jun- 
ior College. 

From these milestones one has a fasci- 
nating backward look. I am sure that 
guests at the Mount Holyoke Centenary will 
agree that there was no more interesting 
event than, "Mount Holyoke Opens", with 
its present day students in the costumes of 
1836. arriving by stage-coach and "horse 
and buggy" to be received by Mary Lyon; 
or the procession of maidens in voluminous 
skirts, wasp-like waists, tiny bonnets tied 

under the chin, — winding 
down the hill from Pros- 
pect and across the Pageant 
Field, as an introduction to 
the May Queen of today 
and her court. It never 
loses its charm, this picture 
of your great - grandmoth- 
ers, the "girls" of a century 

Nor is the fascination 
limited to the human be- 
ings who made up the pic- 
ture. The course of events 
is itself a drama. I like to 
divide the century, like all 
Gaul, into three parts: "The 
age of beginnings," from the early twenties 
to the Civil War: "The age of expansion" 
from the early sixties to the beginning of 
the World War; the period in which we 
are now living. — which some future Foun- 
ders' Day speaker at Sweet Briar, will be 
able to characterize better than one of us, 
living in the midst of it. 

The age of beginnings — I often wonder 
whether we of a later day, who have en- 
tered into the heritage of the pioneers, 
realize what they had to meet. An old 
New Englander told me when I went to 
Mount Holyoke, that his father, a well- 
known clergyman contemporary of Mary- 
Lyon, was one of the few in the profession, 
who had the courage to preach at Mount 
Holvoke since it was so radical, this at- 
tempt to teach "females" what the males in 
their families were acquiring — or failing 
to acquire, — on the other side of the 
Holvoke Range at Amherst. 

Mary Lvon was often criticized, for dis- 
regarding the conventions in going about 
with Deacon Porter and Deacon Safford 
and "Pa" Hawks, to raise money for the 
Seminary. "I am doing a great work — 
I cannot come down" — was her only re- 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

A few years ago, I found in "School and 
Society," a quotation from a Boston news- 
paper of 1840, a quotation which I must 
plead guilty to using more than once. It 
was a severe comment on the custom at 
Mount Holyoke of giving diplomas to the 
graduates, in public, "thus endangering 
that beautiful seclusion in which female 
loveliness should live and move and have 
its being and reward." The critic admitted 
that Oberlin College allowed females to 
write graduating essays, hastening to add 
that "they were read vicariously but mod- 
estly, by a male member of the Oberlin 

Opposition and ridicule had little effect 
upon the eager, determined females of a 
century ago. They forged ahead, aided 
and abetted by those valiant males who 
did not fear for the future of the home if 
women were introduced to something more 
than the ABCs. In North and South. East 
and West, "Female Seminaries" sprang up, 
as far West even as the Pacific Coast, 
where Mills Seminary, the later Mills Col- 
lege, led the procession. It was a thrilling 
age, and also a difficult one; the difficulties 
involved even in reaching these Temples 
of Learning are hard for us of this "speed- 
ing age" to realize. Among the many rem- 
iniscences with which Mount Holyoke 
became familiar during the pre-centenary 
clays, there are illusions to the time spent 
in journeying from place to place, among 
them, reference to a stage coach from 
Springfield to South Hadley, evidently an 
"express," for by leaving Springfield in 
the early morning, one could reach South 
Hadley — a matter of some twelve or thir- 
teen miles — before nightfall ! 

The history of these seminaries is a fas- 
cinating one, their ambition to give to the 
eager, able girl of the family an oppor- 
tunity equal to that offered in college to the 
brother, frequently not as eager, sometimes 
not as able. Occasionally these institu- 
tions aspired to the name "college" — as at 
Elmira, opened toward the close of this 
period, and the Georgia Wesleyan College 
for Women, but what they aspired to give 
under a less provocative title, was the col- 
lege training;. 

In the year when the Civil War began, 
Vassar received its charter and shortly 
after the close of those tragic years, in 
1865, the College was opened. Thus be- 
gan the second period of higher education 
for women, which was truly an era of ex- 
pansion. Each decade for a time, had its 
particular star, appropriately rising in the 
East: Vassar 1865; Smith and Wellesley, 
1875; Bryn Mawr, 1885. Soon the insti- 
tutions beginning as seminaries became 
colleges, in 1888, Mount Holyoke, then 
Mount Holyoke's daughters, "The West- 
ern," and Lake Erie in the Middle West, 
Mills on the Pacific Coast; and others, sis- 
ters rather than daughters, such as Rock- 
ford, and Milwaukee-Downer. New foun- 
dations were established during this period 
— Goucher, Randolph-Macon, Agnes Scott 
and your own beautiful Sweet Briar. 

The age of expansion was marked by an 
extraordinary development of co-educa- 
tion, begun in the LJnited States, just one 
hundred years ago, a centenary which 
Oberlin College has been proudly celebrat- 
ing this month. The rise of the State Univer- 
sity, the capstone of the public school sys- 
tem, is one of the most unique of America's 
educational achievements, ■ — offering, to 
youth the broadest opportunities, regard- 
less of race, creed or sex. Although some 
of the privately endowed institutions, like 
Oberlin, particularly those in the Middle 
and Far West, admit women on the same 
basis as men, it is the State University that 
leads in numbers of women students, both 
undergraduate and graduate. 

A third form dating from this period, is 
the affiliated colleges — Radcliffe, Barnard, 
Pembroke, Jackson, William Smith, the 
Women's College at Western Reserve, 
Sophie Newcomb — all affiliated with some 
university or college for men, but no two 
having exactly the same form of affiliation. 
This third method of giving college oppor- 
tunity to women, is along the line of a re- 
mark made to me many years ago, when 
calling on David Masson, who had been 
instrumental in opening the University of 
Edinburgh to Women, one of their halls 
of residence receiving the name "Masson 
Hall" in recognition of his efforts in their 
behalf. He asked many questions about 

December. 1937 

Alumnae News 


the separate college for women, character- 
istic of our country more than of any 
other; and ended with: "But why not take 
advantage of foundations already estab- 
lished, rather than attempt to raise funds 
necessary for a new one?" 

That there is logic in that point of view, 
we of tin- separate college for women must 
admit, although, if this were an argument 
in favor of some one form of education we 
could marshal a surprising array of facts 
in support of the separate foundation! But 
that is not the case. There is room for all 
tvpes. and the choice must take into con- 
sideration many factors, including the sort 
of individual who is to be educated. 

Others have labored and we have en- 
tered into their labors, there is too little 
recognition of the truth in this familiar 
quotation. We of todav — and when I say 
"we'' I am thinking of us, the youth of 
today — take too much for granted! We 
are bought with a price — if I may again 
be Biblical — and we seldom stop to think 
at how heavy a price the freedom of our 
minds was secured. 

Let us go a step further. To what end 
did men and women labor for us, whom 
they had never seen? To what end did 
they pay a price? To what end? This is 
my starting point — the heart of what I 
would say — a thought that I might leave 
with you, to develop, each one of you for 
herself. I am not going to leave it, for 
there are certain points which impress me 
and I should like to hand them on to you. 

There is an old time expression, which 
as I see it, sums up the responsibility rest- 
ing upon the college woman — Noblesse 
oblige. There is another injunction — bor- 
rowed from the Bible and embodving a 
similar thought — "unto whom much has 
been given, from him shall much be re- 

Noblesse oblige, — "nobility obligates." 
The gift of "high rank or birth" places 
upon one "the obligation of honorable and 
generous behaviour." and just as truly, the 
gift of opportunity, places upon one "the 
obligation of honorable and generous be- 
haviour.'' In other words, the gift carried 
with it an obligation, the obligation of ser- 
vice. This is not an original thought — vou 

have probably heard it scores of times 
from your preachers and lecturers, your 
parents and teachers. I wish not to em- 
phasize this morning the duty of giving 
service so much as the duty of giving ser- 
vice that is worth the giving. I once heard 
Dr. Josiah Strong, the President of the 
Institute of Social Service, an organization 
which did much in its day toward arousing 
a social conscience, refer to "the godly 
worthless." Dr. Strong, himself a "par- 
son," was the last person to speak with dis- 
respect of "the godly" — and it is not diffi- 
cult to interpret his remark. Good causes 
are hampered, not helped, by human be- 
ings who labor under the delusion that "the 
will to do" is sufficient. The w r ill to learn 
how to do, is equally important. This is 
the first point which I wish to press home, 
wish, all the more eagerly, because you be- 
long to the feminine gender. The time is 
long past when judgment upon the quality 
of your work will be more lenient because 
of that fact; on the contrary you will have 
to do a somewhat better job than your 
brothers, in order to receive equal recogni- 

I crave for women the highest excellence 
in whatever they attempt. "There is a best 
way to do everything — a best way even to 
fold an apron" said Mary Lyon in one of 
her student talks — they wore aprons in the 
eighteen-f orties ! — and the old lady who 
repeated that remark to me, — one of Mary 
Lyon's girls — added: "And to this day I 
never fold an apron without thinking of 

That is a theory quite at the antipodes 
of the "get by" philosophy, altogether too 
popular in this hurried day of ours. It 
takes time, and concentration to prepare 
for the best work. "There is no royal road 
to learning" is true from one point of view, 
false from another. No one learns "how" 
by having the drudgery, the work done by 
some one else; preparation cannot come 
by proxy. From another angle, there is a 
roval road to learning. Determination, 
persistence, faithfulness to the task, sacri- 
fice of ease, and self, all along the way, 
these qualities are royal and those who 
cultivate them truly "rise above themselves 
as kings." 


Sweet Briar College 




It is often said that the world of today 
is unfair to youth, in that it presents prob- 
lems so difficult of solution. It is true that 
we of the older generation, with all our 
vaunted progress, are presenting to you a 
pretty seamy world, a rocky pathway for 
you to climb. There is no excuse for us 
but my knowledge of young people 
throughout the years, makes me confident 
that to you, difficulties are a stimulus, not 
a deterrent. You find inspiration in that 
which will try your mettle. 

The age in which we are living presents 
abundant opportunity for the testing of 
mettle. "Four major crimes in the history 
of the world" said a wise student of that 
history: "The Fall of the Roman Empire, 
the Thirty Years War, the French Revolu- 
tion, and die age in which we are now liv- 
ing." The age in which we are now living, 
— every day makes more clear its critical 
character. Twenty years ago and more, 
men and women of vision realized the 
problem of the twentieth century and that 
it must be solved if civilization is to en- 
dure. "The art of learning how to live to- 
gether," Charles E. Jefferson, preacher and 
thinker and internationalist, called it. And 
again, "the world has become a neighbor- 
hood; the problem is to turn it into a 
brotherhood." It hardly matters how we 
phrase it, all roads lead to the heart of the 
difficulty, namely the problem of human 
attitudes. "So much more difficult to solve, 
than mechanical problems," as Owen D. 
Young reminds us. 

Does that mean that it cannot be solved, 
this problem of the relationship of human 
beings to one another? I do not believe 
that we are faced with an impossible task 
and you do not believe it. But simply as- 
serting that a problem can be solved does 
not solve it. There must be profound 
thinking on these problems, which con- 
front the world, thinking along; economic, 
political, racial, social lines. This century- 
is not lacking in the power of thought; it 
is lacking in the application of thought to 
human problems. As Mr. Raymond Fos- 
dick says in "The Old Savage in the New 
Civilization" — "Mechanical invention has 
outstripped moral and social control." 
And the inevitable result if this lack is not 

met will be humanity's self-destruction by 
the weapons of its own making. "Every 
time I hear people speak of 'the next war'," 
Sir Philip Gibbs said to me not long after 
the close of the World War: "I wonder 
whether they realize that a next war would 
mean the suicide of white civilization?" 

The application of thinking power to 
human problems, that is the responsibility 
which tomorrow 7 will bring; the develop- 
ment of that power is the responsibility 
with which today confronts you. Again, 
the solving of the human problem, the 
moral and social control of mechanical 
forces, the shaping of human attitudes, this 
Herculean task demands something more 
than intellectual development, important 
as that is. 

While I was preparing to come to you, 
the morning paper reported an address of 
deep significance. A great scientist was 
speaking — Dr. Alexis Carrel, at the one 
hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the 
Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Dartmouth 
College, words not from the pulpit but 
from the laboratory. "The civilized races 
seem to be losing the courage to live. In 
almost every country the reproduction of 
the more gifted individuals is decreasing. 
This phenomenon is of ominous signifi- 
cance. Does it not herald the crumbling 
of the great civilization of the past? The 
solution of modern society's difficulties rest 
ultimately upon science. Throughout the 
world there must be established a true 
science of man, based upon profound 
knowledge of the body and mind alike. 
The spiritual is within reach of the scien- 
tific method, and to attempt to improve the 
human person is far from being FJtopian. 
Is it not more important to improve man 
than the goods consumed by him? Are 
health and comfort of any value if we be- 
come mentally and spiritually worthless? 
Those who have given their lives to the 
search for the prevention and cure of dis- 
eases are keenly disappointed in observing 
that their efforts have resulted in a large 
number of healthy defectives, healthy luna- 
tics and health criminals. As far as I am 
concerned," Dr. Carrel concluded, "I intend 
to devote the rest of my life to the problem 

December, 1937 

Alumnae News 


iif developing man in his organic and 
spiritual entirety. For the quality of. life 
is more important than life itself. We 
must now use theoretical and applied 
science, not for the satisfaction of curi- 
ositv. but for the betterment of the self and 
for the construction of trulv civilized 

'"The construction of truly civilized 
man," that is the task lying before the in- 
telligent, consecrated human being, man 
and woman, a task requiring the highest 
development of mental and spiritual pow- 
er. "Noblesse oblige," "Unto you has 
much been given, of you shall much be 

Pictorial Souvenirs of Founders' Day 



Miss Glass and Miss Woolley 

Elizabeth Taylor Valentine, '23, and 
Elizabeth Franke Balls. '13 

At the Services on the Monument 

Elizabeth Taylor Valentine. "23. Isabel Luke 
Witt. '19. and Louise Hammond Skinner. '19 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

Announcements Made on Founders' Day 

The Manson Memorial Alumnae 

1 he AWARD closest to the hearts of the alumnae, 
namely the Manson Memorial Alumnae Scholarship, 
has been given this year to Frances Jane Faulkner, 
1938, of Miami Beach, Florida. She has ranked high 
in her class in academic standing since she entered 
Sweet Briar, and has figured prominently in the extra- 
curricula activities of the college. She was president 
of her class during her sophomore and junior years 
and is now one of the senior house presidents. She 
has always taken an active interest in the Choir and 
Glee Club. Paint and Patches have had her services 
in their dramatic productions, and she is vice-president 
of that organization this year. As a junior she was 
elected to Tau Phi, Sweet Briar's only upperclass 
honorary society. She has taken a part in college 
sports, being at one time student head of archery and 
sports editor of the Siveet Briar News. 

This award is given annually to an upperclass stu- 
dent who not only has maintained a high standard in 
her academic work but also has added to the ideals 
and traditions of the college through her contribution 
to the general life at Sweet Briar. 

Frances Faulkner 

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan 
Award was this year conferred on Mr. 
Fergus Reid, President of the Board of 
Overseers of Sweet Briar College. Al- 
though Mr. Reid was unable to attend the 
Founders' Day exercises, President Glass 
made the award with the following cita- 
tion: "Fergus Reid — A friend to men, un- 
selfconsciously showing high spiritual qual- 
ities in your daily life, one whom Sweet 
Briar College delights to honor for gener- 
ous gifts of self and time, I confer upon 
you the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award." 

Sweet Briar is one of twenty Southern 
colleges privileged to make this award 
which is maintained by the Southern So- 
ciety of New York in memory of its first 
president. The award is made on the basis 
of "fine spiritual qualities practically ap- 
plied to daily living." 

Mr. Reid 

December. 193? 

Alumnae News 



1 hi: will of Mrs. Julia Woodbridge 
Bell of Richmond, Virginia, provides that 
on the death of her sister Miss Mary Wood- 
bridge, Sweet Briar Institute shall receive 
"the sum of twelve thousand dollars for 
the endowment of a room and for a schol- 
arship in said Institute both to be in mem- 
ory of my deceased daughter Rebekah 
Woodbridge Bell, the income from said 
sum to be used in paying all the expenses, 
such as tuition, room rent, board, etc., at 
said Institute of girls of merit to be selected 

from time to time by the proper authorities 
of said Institute." 

Miss Woodbridge died on August30,1937, 
and the net proceeds from the estate of Mrs. 
Bell have been sent to Sweet Briar. In her 
will Mrs. Bell also gave to Sweet Briar die 
portrait of her daughter. A small sum was 
left for the maintenance of this portrait. 

A sum of six hundred dollars was given 
to Sweet Briar this fall by six friends of 
the college toward defraying the expenses 
of the three concerts which are to be given 
by the National Symphony Orchestra. 

Black Boy and His Guitar 

By Lois Wilcox 
JViiss Wilcox, who is an assistant pro- 
fessor of Art at Sweet Briar, has presented 
this picture to the college. The picture 
was shown in the Corcoran Biennal Exhibi- 
tion of Contemporary American Painting 

in the spring of 1934. It was then ex- 
hibited, on invitation, in the John Herron 
Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana. In 
New York it was later shown at the Salon 
of America. The picture has been hung 
in the foyer of Gray. 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 


More Security for Old Age 

Margaret Grant Schneider, '15, has 
written a book More Security for Old Age 
which has been published by the Twentieth 
Century Fund, Inc. The book presents A 
Factual Report and A Program of Action. 
The Factual Report gives a "brief review 
of the development and present status of 
government old-age pensions and benefits 
in foreign countries with a summary of 

existing provisions for old-age security in 
the United States." The Program for 
Action points out what the Committee on 
Old-Age Security of the Twentieth Century 
Fund "considers the weaknesses and inade- 
quacies of present American practices, and 
makes a series of concrete recommenda- 
tions to remedy them." 

Masks and Gypsy Music 

Amey Smyth, '22, has published a 
book of poems entitled Masks and Gypsy 
Music. It is dedicated to M. E. J. Czar- 
nomska with grateful affection. The au- 
thor has sent an autographed copy to the 
Browsing Room in the Mary Helen Coch- 
ran Library. Masks and Gypsy Music con- 
tains poetry of a high quality which while 
immediate in its effect and assured in its 
movement succeeds remarkably in ringing 

delightful changes upon familiar themes. 
Miss Smyth has the happy faculty of re- 
affirming the thoughts which are shared by 
all men of good will in such a way as to 
give rise, often most arrestingly, to after 
thoughts of a most distinctive kind. It 
is a difficult achievement and a fine one. 
Three poems illustrating her unique gifts 
are Dog Days, Sails and Autumn Night. 

News of Dr. Harley 

Dr. Harley's host of friends will be 
interested in her winter plans. She is 
studying at the University of Pennsylvania 
Graduate School. She is taking four hours 
in Anthropology and two hours in History. 

Next winter she hopes to go to Johanns- 
burg, South Africa, to study at the Univer- 
sity there. Her present address is Hotel 
Normandie. Thirty-sixth and Chestnut 
Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

The Nominating Committee 

RESIDENT Valentine has appointed mittee welcomes any suggestions which 

the following alumnae to serve on the 
Nominating Committee: Lorna Weber 
Dowling, Chairman; Edna Sloan Cole, 
Louise Case McGuire, Frances Burnett 
Mellen and Elsetta Gilchrist. The corn- 

should be sent to Mrs. Robert Dowling, 
2983 Euclid Heights Boulevard, Cleveland, 
Ohio, before January 1, 1938. Elections 
will take place in June, 1938. 

Decern her. 1937 

Alumnae News 

J I 

Calling Old Records 

1 he FOLLOWING letter has been received 
from the Registrar's Oflite and is being 
printed here in an effort to be cooperative. 
It is hoped that all alumnae who have any 
material about Sweet Briar's early years 
will send it to the Alumnae Office as soon 
as possible. 
My Dear Mrs. Breckenridge: 

Working with die student records for the 
earh years of Sweet Briar we find our- 
selves in need of information about those 
years. I am wondering whether any alum- 
nae might have among their old books and 
papers or in ancient memory books any 
student lists or academy catalogues which 
would help us in classifying our perman- 
ent record cards? Perhaps you would be 
willing to make an appeal to our alumnae, 
asking particularly for: 

Academy catalogues, 1916-17, 1917-18 
and 1918-19. 

Lists of Academy students for those 

Lists for the years 1906-07, 1907-08 and 
1908-09. giving the classification of special 
and irregular students or sub-freshmen for 
those years. 

We have a complete file of Sweet Briar 
catalogues, but the student lists for the 

first three years do not discriminate be- 
tween candidates for degrees and other 
students. We have only one Academy 
catalogue, for the year 1915-16, which is 
so helpful for that particular year that it 
makes us very eager to complete our file of 
Academy catalogues. Among the records 
which we inherited is one official student 
list, for the year 1918-19, which classifies 
students according to College and Academy. 
We all understand that a formal system 
of classification may not have been neces- 
sary when Sweet Briar was small and 
nearly everyone knew everyone else. 
Through a period of change and growth 
attention was turned to die important tasks 
of administration and fine teaching. Now 
as memories grow less clear and we have 
the valuable assistance of Mrs. Preston 
Edwards, we should verify and organize 
these early records so that all concerned 
may turn to them with confidence. This 
matter is of real concern to the alumnae 
from 1906 through 1919, and to them 
especially we make our appeal. 
Sincerely yours, 

Bernice D. Lill, 


Hockey Honors 

1 hree Sweet Briar student hockey 
players came to the fore in the Hockey 
Tournament played at Williamsburg, Vir- 
ginia, and won the distinction of going to 
Chicago as members of the Southeast 
squad, to play in the Linked States Field 
Hockeys Association on Thanksgiving Day 
and on the day following. Marion Fuller, 
Captain of the Sweet Briar Varsity, made 
the first team as left full back; and Bennett 
Wilcox as left half, and Constance Currie 

as center half, were named to the reserves. 

Alumnae who received hockey honors 
were: Margaret Cornwell, '37, who made 
the Midwest First Hockey Team and Eliza- 
beth Lockett, ex-'38, who was placed on 
the reserves for that section. In die North- 
east Ann Delano, student coach at Sweet 
Briar last year, made the First Team. All 
of these girls were able to go to Chicago 
for the final tournaments of this season. 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

The Herald Tribune Forum 

By Hetty Wells Finn, '33 
Alumnae Representative. 

1 he Second Discovery of America" 
was the subject of the seventh annual 
Forum on Current Problems conducted by 
the New York Herald Tribune at the Wal- 
dorf Astoria, October 4th and 5th. This 
theme was developed by sixty-three excel- 
lent speakers, truly inspirational in their 
beliefs and educational in their thoughts. 

In explaining the reason for the choice 
of topic, Mrs. William Brown Meloney, 
editor of "This Week" magazine of the 
aforementioned paper, when presiding at 
the Forum stated: "A new alertness on 
the part of the American people to the 
value of their democratic heritage and a 
new determination to preserve it" are evi- 
dent in American diought today, and she 
characterized the awareness as vital enough 
to be termed a new discovery. 

Because of the specific and splendid op- 
portunities this condition offers to youth, 
and in recognition of its achievements and 
courage in the past time of national dis- 
tress, the first session was devoted par- 
ticularly to young people — both as to 
speakers and audience. Representatives 
from over 154 educational institutions 
throughout the country were among those 
assembled to hear messages from leaders 
of their age, ranging from the youngest 
winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 
Frederic and Irene Joliot-Curie in a broad- 
cast from France, to a married couple 
sharing the duties and pleasures of jobs 
and home-making. 

"A Generation Finding Itself" as a topic 
presented many aspects. Stringfellow 
Barr, now president of St. John's College, 
Annapolis, spoke on the apparent trend 
away from the callous materialism mani- 
fest in the post war age, back toward a 
recognition of the valuable underlying 
fundamentals of our twentieth century 
heritage. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt 
urged youth to put away distrust, find 
strength and conscience within itself and 
build without fear. 

Among other speakers of the morning, 
Mayor La Guardia of New York, welcomed 
the delegates: and he captured in words 
the spirit of the gathering. He believed 
that in the "second discovery of America, 
we find much yet to be done, but the way 
is well chartered. We are a determined, 
confident people. To disagree among our- 
selves is a cherished privilege of a free 
people. Out of our disagreements comes 
the will of the people." 

Logically, such disagreements would be 
non-productive were it not for a free press 
and a free radio to voice the disputes and 
differences of opinion. The second session 
had as its subject, "The Status of a Free 
Press in the World Today." Eminent rep- 
resentatives of Russia, Germany and Italy 
upheld the strength of the press in their 
countries and pointed out that their press 
was serving their lands and could not be 
judged in the light of American standards. 
Dramatic incidents in the fight for a free 
press in the United States were delineated 
by Dr. John H. Finley, editor of "The 
New York Times," and noted political 
commentators and journalists of our coun- 
try and England were heard. Dorothy 
Thompson, in a pointed answer to Fried- 
rich Auhagen, the German representative, 
said that Hitler, in his march upward, 
could not have attained his present power 
without the aid of the free press he so 
vigorously used which he is now so vigor- 
ously controlling. 

"The Road Forward" of the third ses- 
sion encompassed many concrete problems, 
presented by those who best knew them. 
Dr. Thomas Parran, Surgeon General, 
United States Public Health Service, spoke 
for the crusade against syphilis; J. Edgar 
Hoover outlined the fight going on against 
crime and where the road should lead; 
Thomas Dewey was heard on the same sub- 
ject but in more specific form, i. e., the 
crime situation in New York City and what 
must yet be done. 

Since a free press serves as a forum 
where governmental changes may be dis- 

December. 1937 

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cussed, these were the subjects of the next 
session. Four of the most important pro- 
posed changes or most drastic actions were 
chosen and leaders in the fights for and 
against, freely expressed themselves. Henry 
\\ allace presented his "ever normal gran- 
ary" bill; the Wages and Hours Bill was 
discussed by Senator Robert F. Wagner 
and strongly criticized by General Hugh 
S. Johnson, who felt the writers of the pres- 
ent hill paid no attention to the lessons 
learned in the previous similar attempt — 
the N. R. A.: the Vandenberg amendments 
to this \^ agner Labor Act were given by 
the senator from Michigan himself, dis- 
cussed by Homer Martin and Charlton 
Ogburn: and after a presentation of the 
executive reorganization bill, the session 
was closed by the well known commen- 
tator Frank Kent. 

The last session dealt with the menace or 
actuality of war in the world today. Lead- 
ers in international relations, diplomatic 
and governmental circles considered these 
subjects and we were made to realize our 
benefits, in that a frank and free expres- 
sion of policy and events is possible in our 

democracy as against the machinations of 
dictatorship and bureaucracy. The Forum 
was brought to an end by a radio message 
from President Roosevelt urging everyone 
of us to get to know better our own grand 

Once again the words of Mrs. William 
Brown Meloney are forceful. Though hut 
one woman participated in the first dis- 
covery of America — Isabella of Spain — in 
the second rediscovery, many women will 
play a part. "The Herald Tribune Forum 
on Current Problems was born of the be- 
lief that women of America are thinking in 
terms of their country's welfare today, and 
that as actions grow out of this drinking, 
so will America remain strong and free." 

The spirit that pervaded that Forum led 
one to appreciate a quotation used by Dr. 
Finley and to strive to follow its dictum: 

"I'm sure I've heard God saying: 'Use the 

mind I gave to you. 
Find out with it as much of truth as 

ever you can find. 
No true thing ever can refute another 

thing that's true.' " 

The New House of Dr. Helen Mull on Faculty Row. It is Located on the 
Lot Between Faculty House Number 3 and the Home of the Dews 

24 Sweet Briar College December, 1937 

Of Books No End 

Under the Direction of the Educational Committee of the Sweet Briar Branch of the 
American Association of University Women. Bertha Pfister Wailes, '17, is 
the chairman of this committee. Contributions by Dr. Develin, and 
Miss Schlakman, and Mr. Bennett. 


Raw Materials, Population Pressure and War, Norman Angell. Boston, World Peace Founda- 
tion, 1936 

A Diplomatic History of the United States, S. Bemis. Henry Holt and Company, 1936. 

The Balance Sheets of Imperialism, Grover Clark. Columbia University Press, 1936. 

Sea Power in the Modern World, Sir H. Richmond. Reynal and Hitchcock, 1934. 

International Politics, Frederick L. Schuman. McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1937. 

A History of American Foreign Policy, L. M. Sears. Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1936. 

American Neutrality, C. Seymour. Yale University Press, 1936. 

The Great Powers in World Politics, Frank H. Simonds and Brooks Emeny. American Book 
Company, 1937. 

American Diplomacy, B. H. Williams. McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1936. 


The Great Wall Crumbles, Grover Clark. Macmillan, 1935. 

Togo and the Rise of Japanese Sea Power, E. A. Falk. Longmans, 1936. 

The Bases of Japanese Foreign Policy, E. A. Hindmarsh. Harvard University Press, 1936. 

Philippine Independence, G. L. Kirk. Farrar and Rhinehart, 1936. 

The Commonwealth of the Philippines, G. Malcolm. Appleton-Century, 1936. 

Must We Fight in Asia?, Nathaniel Peffer. Harper, 1935. 

Chinese Destinies, Agnes Smedley. Vanguard Press, 1933. 

China's Red Army Marches, Agnes Smedley. Vanguard Press, 1934. 

The Far Eastern Crisis, H. L. Stimson. Harper, 1936. 

When Japan Goes to War, 0. Tanin, and E. Logan. Vanguard Press, 1936. 

Chinese Testament, S. M. Tretiakov. Simon and Schuster, 1934. 

Japan's Feet of Clay, Freda Utley. Nortons, 1937. 

The Chinese Soviets, V. A. Yakhontoff. Coward-McCann, 1934. 

Eyes on Japan, V. A. Yakhontoff. Coward-McCann, 1934. 


The Life and Death of a Spanish Town, Paul Elliot. Random House, 1937. 
Spain in Revolt, Harry Gennes, and Theodore Retard. Ryerson Press, 1937. 
Spain, Salvador de Madariago. London, Ernest Benn Ltd., 1930. 
The New Spain, Sir George Young. London, Methuen and Company, 1933. 


Lean Man, Ralph Bates. Macmillan, 1935. 

Olive Fields, Ralph Bates. Dutton, 1936. 



her. 1937 

Alumnae News 


Class Personals 


The ail from the Baxter Travel Service, Inc., 
comes from the office of Eliza Baxter, Academy. 
In private life site is Mrs. R. R. Donnell and she 
has a daughter ahout a year old. 

Donna Moore Mathews has moved to 148-38 
Barclay Avenue, Flushing, New York. 


Reunion, June 1938 

Class Secretary, Mary Pinkerton Kerr (Mrs. 
James ) , Box 1232, University Station, Charlottes- 
ville. Virginia. 
Dear 1913— 

Please send any items of yourselves, changes of 
address, and so on, to "Mary B. Kerr, or Mrs. 
James Kerr, Box 1232, University Station, Char- 
lottesville. Virginia." 

Linda Wright is teaching music. Her address 
is 161 Harrison Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey. 


Class Secretary, Ruth Maurice Gorrell (Mrs. 
E. S.), 51 Beach Road, Glencoe, Illinois. 

Vital statistics: Alice Swain Zell, new address, 
Red House, Normandie Park, Morristown, New 
Jersey. She entertained the members of the 
Northern New Jersey Club and their husbands 
and beaux at a party on the night of December 
3rd. We hear a great time was had by all. 


Class Secretary, Rachel Lloyd Holton (Mrs. 
Hoyt), 2318 Densmore Drive, Toledo, Ohio. 

Bertha Pfister Wailes recently attended the 
meeting of the National Home Demonstration 
Council held in connection with the American 
Country Life Association at Manhattan, Kansas. 
She represented the Virginia Federation of Home 
Demonstration Clubs in a panel discussion in 
which one woman from each of fifteen states took 
part. She is a member of the Virginia Agricul- 
tural Conference Board and is supposed to at- 
tend meetings with "other" farm leaders. As 
the only woman on this committee she attributes 
her success so far to being seen not often, and 
heard less frequently. However, she says that she 
is getting a lot of useful information. 


Reunion, June 1938 
Class Secretary, Margaret McVey, 1417 Grove 
Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. 


Class Secretary, Caroline Sharpe Sanders 
(Mrs. Marion), 585 Union Street, Wytheville, 
Dear 1919, 

The following crumbs of news have fallen but 
I should much prefer large slices, which I will 
gladly share. Doesn't that sound bread-line-ish 
enough to wring your hearts, and some news 
from you? 

Here are two addresses for your records: 

Mary Jones Nixon Turner is living in Alham- 
bra, California. 

Dorothy Neal Smith is living at 321 Congress 
Street, Bend, Oregon. 

Around midnight of a now-forgotten date last 
spring, we Sanders suddenly decided to go to 
Sweet Briar for May Day. We arose at five a. 
m. hoping to arrive in time for the horse show 
which was my main interest. We arrived all 
right but found that the horse show had been the 
day before! 

Anyway, in the course of a few hours we not 
only travelled approximately one hundred and 
seventy miles, but we went backward in time 
several centuries and landed plop in the midst of 
an Elizabethan community. Sweet Briar was 
never more colorful. Tulip beds and bridal 
wreath hedges flaunted their blossoms and vied 
with the truly remarkable costuming of Faculty 
and undergraduates; even the colored boys were 
in smocks and large caps. Miss Glass as Queen 
Elizabeth was the finishing touch — red wig and 
all. I wish that all of you 1919*ers and many 
others could see the moving pictures in color 
which we took that day. 

Isabel Wood Holt was there; and the trooper 
who escorted her car, and my chauffeur (to 
whom I have been married lo these many years) 
managed to wrangle a hearty Elizabethan lunch 
for our large modern appetites. 

One grand and delightful surprise was when 
I discovered that Flo Freeman had returned. 
Her greeting was, I regret to tell you, most un- 
suitable in the light of my dignity and declining 
years. She charged at me and with one swift 
stroke knocked my hat from my head shouting — ■ 
"Let's see how many grey hairs you have!" I 
clutched the hat and grey hairs and burbled my 
pleasure at seeing her again. Fact is that I was 
so delighted I'd probably have overlooked the 
matter if she had knocked me flat on the ground. 
However that's not an invitation you're to take 
advantage of Flo! Pick on some one your own 
size! Flo wants me to tell the class that she has 
been taking music lessons. The faces she made 
and the demonstration she gave of herself doing 
finger exercises were worth the trip. 

Doc Harley was there after her long trip. 
Also I saw the Walkers and sat in their car 
while waiting for the pageant to begin. Sandy, 


Sweet Briar College 

October, 1937 

my husband, pounced on Miss Wills, the nurse, 
who was a stranger to me, and announced that she 
had taken care of him when he was eight years 
old. So altogether we had a grand time feeling 

In June Sandy and I went to his twentieth re- 
union at W and L and maybe we didn't feel our 
years after that experience! Trying to dance all 
night and sitting in the gymnasium singing col- 
lege songs with the kids as the sun came in the 
windows was very thrilling, but the next day we 
needed crutches and restoratives. 

Elsewhere in the news you have probably 
learned that Anne Lewis is married. Anne and 
Thomas were "tiny tots" when we entered col- 
lege. He is now a theological student. A few 
days ago a letter from Mrs. Allen in Amherst 
brought me the news off Mr. Lewis's dea'h after 
a long illness. 

Dorothy Wallace wrote about seeing Rosanne 
and Rachel and Eleanor Smith and I intended 
quoting from her letter but she gave a pretty 
good account of their doings in the October 
News so I will not repeat. Many thanks to 
Dorothy for responding to my calls for help. I 
surely do appreciate that letter. 

As for me and mine, last summer found us in 
New Hampshire. The old folks were in a camp 
on Squam Lake. The son, now age twelve, was 
in a camp on Lake Winnepesaukee. A grand 
time was had by all. I had hoped to see Miss 
Benedict up in that region, where she has a sum- 
mer home, but she wrote that this was the first 
summer she had missed going there in many 

Now what I want to know is, why don't some 
of you Beyond-the-Mississippi gals let us know 
more of your doings? The same address will 
reach me. — C. S., Wytheville, Virginia. 


Mrs. Francis Comer (Helen Beeson) has been 
appointed as Class Secretary for 1920. Her ad- 
dress is 325 Limestone Street, Maysville, Ken- 
tucky. Please send all of your choice news 
items to her. 


Class Secretary, Maynette Rozelle Stephen- 
son (Mrs. James A.), 1220 Hillcrest Road, South 
Bend, Indiana. 
Dear '21: 

Betty Cole writes most enthusiastically of her 
visit to Sweet Briar last summer. The greatest 
joy was in the improvements made to Gray and 
Carson. She says, "The two dorms have been 
done over this summer — new floors, walls painted, 
woodwork done white, two floor plugs in each 
room, tiled baths, showers and four wash basins. 
Can you imagine such luxury, such effeminacy 
in Gray and Carson?" I'm afraid it would never 
be the same without the barricade of overhead 
wiring to be dodged "after lights" — or do lights 
burn all night these modern times? About her- 
self and job Betty writes, "I'm still librarian at 
Calco Chemical Company and as the library is 
constantly growing, I'm kept right busy. I'm 
chairman of the Science Technology Group of 
Special Libraries Association and vice-president 
of the New Jersey Chapter of S. L. A. The an- 
nual banquet will be in Pittsburgh this year. 
I reckon 111 have to see who of '2l lives there." 

Ophelia Short Seward writes that Katherine 
Hawkins Baker lost her husband and is living 
with her son and parents in Birmingham, Ala- 
bama. She visited Idelle McNeal at Reedville 
this past summer. Ophelia has two daughters, 
Betsy Heath, aged eight, and Susan, aged four, 
and when her welcome letter arrived she was 
expecting Kitty Davis Baynum and husband for 
a visit. Kitty lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, 
and has three children. Ophelia asks for news 
of Maiy Stinson Alexander and Marge Mulligan. 
Can anyone oblige? Alice Early Wilson is in 
New York now. 

Merry Xmas, 



Class Secretary, Jane Guignard Thompson 
(Mrs. Broadus), Sweet Briar, Virginia. 
Class of 1923, 

Unquestionably the place to meet old friends 
is at Sweet Briar. Founders' Day brought Buffy 


1. When consideration is given to the fact that the advice and guidance of an expert may 
be had at no additional cost, the wisdom of consulting a reliable agent is self-evident. 

2. Christmas and Spring vacation trips and cruises are available at surprisingly low rates. 
European countries are offering many special inducements to tourists who are con- 
templating a summer trip. 

3. May we submit suggestions for your next trip? Your inquiry involves no obligation and 
Miss E. P. Baxter, formerly a student at Sweet Briar, will give any request her 
personal attention. 


522 Fifth Avenue GUARANTY TRUST BUILDING New York, N. Y. 

December. 1937 

Alumnae News 


Taylor Valentine, along with other Alumnae 
notables, looking notably smart and lovely. And 
by proxy of your scribe, the class of '23 swelled 
mightily with pride that the new and efficient 
president of the Association is OURS. 

Then last week I was assaulted by the proverbial 
feather when Martha Robertson Harless and Bert 
walked into the office, natural as life and just 
like they used to be when Romance marked them 
for its own in Martha's junior year. Bert had 
left Martha to spend a week with her mother 
in Emporia while he went on to Atlanta and 
New Orleans on business. They now live in 
Westford. Mass.. where Bert is connected with 
the Coca-Cola Company. 

And due to arrive tomorrow for the week-end 
with the Worthingtons is Helen MacMahon. She 
is head counselor at the Worthington's camp, 
you know. I am looking forward to seeing her 
again and hope to have some news of her for 
you in my next. 

I had several nice le'ters which arrived a little 
too late for the last Bulletin. Jane Lee Best 
wrote of a wonderful trip to Jasper National 
Park in Alberta, Canada and of her pleasure in 
stopping by Sweet Briar on the way home. She 
has a little boy four and a girl two and enclosed 
a very cute snapshot of them. 

Emma Mai Crockett is now Mrs. Paul B. 
Thompson of Nashville, and has one daughter 
thirteen years old. She and her husband stopped 
by enroute to Atlanta from a motor trip north. 

Lorna Webber Dowling's son is nine and in the 
5-A grade but she doesn't tell us if he has in- 
herited any of her musical or mathematical tal- 
ents. I am hoping that alumnae fund business 
will bring Lorna back before so long and that 
the pleasure of greeting others of you will keep 
on brightening my days here. 

We have had some glorious weather this 
month, and let me tell you city folks, there is 
real excitement living in the country. A turn in 
the road, a stretch of pasture, the curve of a hill- 
side get to be your special friends, and their 
moods interpenetrate your own. You watch a 
tree change from yellow splendor to russet, and 
day by day as the leaves fall you come to know 
its branches like the lines of a dearly familiar 
face. Then one morning after a windy night 
you find it leafless and heart-shakingly beautiful 
against the sky which seems so close, so personal, 
so important ... in the country ... at 
Sweet Briar. 

Please communicate with your hopeful 

Jane Guignard Thompson. 

Class Secretary, Kathryn Klumph McGuire 
(Mrs. Frederick"), 3707 Daleford Road, Shaker 
Heights, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Many thanks to you who sent me news un- 
solicited — it was certainly appreciated. What 
with both me and my better half rehearsing fran- 
tically both day and night the entire month of 
October for the Junior League Follies, my other 
duties have been sadly neglected. However, from 

now on I'll haunt you until I glean every item 
of news. 

First of all a medal should go to Mary Rich's 
mother who wrote me all about Mary's wedding 
on October 9 to Mr. Robert Emmett Robertson. 
The wedding sounded lovely — Bobby Rich Adams 
was Mary's matron-of-honor, and her daughter 
Mary Eleanor, was flower girl. Both Mary Stur- 
gis and Katherine Slaughter Thompson were 
bridesmaids. Mary's husband is a civil engineer 
and their address is 102 Pierrepont Street, Brook- 
lyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York. 

Jean Grant Taylor has had a most exciting 
year. A second son, James Keith, was born Octo- 
ber 7, 1936 — a major operation a few months 
later, followed by a trip to England that started 
with the aid of wheelchairs. Jean and her hus- 
band traveled through England and Scotland, 
spent some time in London taking in all the 
Coronation festivities, then on to Sweden and Den- 
mark. On her return Jean saw Ashly Carter in 
Norfolk. She spent the summer with her mother 
and children in University, Virginia, where Dora 
Hancock Williams plus four year old son, both 
visited her. She also saw Mary Gochenauer 
Dalton. Mary Pinkerton Kerr, and later Margaret 
Hogue Pfantz and daughter in Philadelphia. 
Jean is now back in Ann Arbor settled for the 
winter. She says Helen Todd is there too after 
a year abroad. 

Bernice Hulburd Wain and her husband drove 
home to Cleveland for Thanksgiving. Being a 
mother of three sons certainly agrees with Bern, 
for she looks simply grand. She was full of Tri- 
cky news so I'll pass it on. 

As far as I know Dodie Von Maur Crampton 
holds the class record with four children. (If 
there are any challengers, let me know). Her 
last, Charles Albert, is not quite a year old. 
Santa left a lovely cottage in Michigan in Dodie's 
stocking so the entire family spent the summer 
there — Michigan, not the stocking. 

Eleanor Harned Arp and her husband spent 
their vacation fishing in Minnesota. Bern says 
El is just a shadow, she's so thin. The Wain's 
also spent their vacation nearby doing likewise. 

Elsie Wood Von Maur and Dick took a grand 
trip to Maine this summer. Elsie still keeps up 
with her music and as a little side line is making 
quite a collection of golf trophies. 

I don't believe the death of Edith Reams Wyatt, 
ex-'24, during July, 1936, has been recorded in 
our column and Squeak Harned's father also died 
last spring. We send our sincere sympathy to 
both their families. 

Delphine Norton Prescott was home visiting for 
a few days during October. 

Grace Merrick Twohy was home a few days 
this summer, but I missed her this visit. Sarah 
Merrick Houriet and I take a music memory and 
appreciation course together every week so Sarah 
keeps me posted on the family news. They both 
saw Gwen Watson Graham last summer at Vir- 
ginia Beach. Gwen has two sons and a ten 
months' old daughter. 

Grace has been busy in Norfolk organizing a 
series of plays for children. She's also very 
active as the Chairman of the Board of the Day 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

Nursery. She spent some time in Pinehurst this 
fall and is now ahout to set forth on a trip to 
New York. 

I seem to be leading a comparatively quiet life. 
Fritz and I took the first vacation we've had 
since we were married this summer, fished in 
Canada and went to view the Quintuplets on the 
way home. I was simply intrigued but thinking 
of my own and only cherub, I certainly did feel 
like a piker. 

Please everybody send me news about your- 
selves. We need it badly. Send in a penny post- 
card or use a stampless envelope, and I'll pay 
the postage. 

Best to all, 



Class Secretary, Jane Becker Clippinger (Mrs. 
John C), 1263 Hayward Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

A nice letter from Mary Sailor Gardiner. Said 
that from this column she was pleased to learn 
that Mary Nadine Pope Phillips lived near Phila- 
delphia and that they were lunching together and 
would be joined by Hogue. (So you see girls, 
how important it is to keep us posted as to your 
whereabouts! ) Sailor said that Hogue's ten year 
old son had won a gold medal in a large swim- 
ming meet in Baltimore and that even her four 
year old daughter is quite a swimmer. She re- 
ports that Pope has gone in for lectures on inter- 
ior decorating — (How about some free advice. 
Pope?) Sailor had a visit with Betty McQueen 
Wilson at Bayhead. Betty is now in California 
doing a lot of horseback riding. She also saw 
Mrs. Barrett whom she says looks simply fine 
and as enthusiastic about life in general as ever! 

Faithful Deedie sent a grand newsy letter giv- 
ing an account of her summer activities. She 
started her letter by stating that she had just 
finished practicing her piano, which was a shock 
— only to give me a greater one by stating that 
she, ber husband, and one of the boys are all 
studying piano this year. They sound like a 
grand, smart family to me! Deedie went East 
this summer and spent some time with Sue 
Hager Rohrer. Eugenia Goodall Ivey was return- 
ing from the East and spent a few days with Sue 
Eugenia, she says, is just as lovely as always, and 
has moved into a new home in Lynchburg. 
Deedie also had a peep at Romayne Schooley Fer- 
enbach, Louise Wolf Starke, and Ellen Wolf 
Halsey. Romayne had seen Tink .Hill at Point 
o'Woods, and as Deedie's mother's home was 
near Dorene Brown Humphrey, they saw quite a 
bit of one another — and also had lunch with 
Marjorie Shepherd who works for one of the 
Welfare organizations. 

I know that you will be as pleased as I to 
hear about Marion Green Buckelmueller — and to 
burst with pride over our claim to fame in having 
a writer in our midst! The "American Home" is 
publishing three of Marion's articles on garden- 
ing; the first to appear in the March issue. The 
titles are "Gardening Etiquette," "Garden Pests," 
and "Growing Pains." Marion said that she felt 
that the patient souls at Sweet Briar who had 
struggled with her split infinitives and dangling 

participles would probably find it hard to be- 
lieve that she was bursting into print. Another 
interesting bit that Marion sent me was that 
Negley Farson — who wrote "Way of a Trans- 
gressor," was raised in the house in which they 
are living, and that the same colored folks who 
assisted in his "'upbringing" did the same for 
Marion and her brother; and as she says, "are 
still bossing me around!" Marion has one little 
girl, Katrina, who is the proud possessor of a 
Daisy doll which is her very favorite. 

A short card from Fran Burnett Mellon said 
that she had no news as she had been busy nurs- 
ing her young son's broken leg, and was now 
Chairman of the Cleveland Club's dance on Dec- 
ember fourth. She should certainly be excused 
after that, don't you think? 

A note from "Pop" Graham — Mrs. Harold 
Hunter — said that while she had no real news to 
contribute, she always scanned the '25 column 
avidly for news of her old comrades. "Pop" has 
two boys — one six — and one nine months. Please 
write again and tell us more about yourself. 

Wishing you all kinds of good things for the 
coming year, 

Jane Becker Clippinger. 


Class Secretary, Margaret Malone McClem- 
ents (Mrs. James B., Jr.), 5640 Aylesboro Ave- 
nue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

After a silence of twelve years, imagine my 
astonishment at finding a long letter from Chuck 
Alford in the mail. She is Mrs. Donald G. Mac- 
Vicar and lives in Naugatuck, Connecticut. They 
built a home there seven years ago, and have a 
boy, Don, eight years old, a trout stream in the 
back yard, and a baby girl, Gail, born in Au- 
gust. Chuck had heard recently from Marian 
Van Cott Borg. Her husband objected to her 
nickname and she is Billie no longer. Having 
a husband who screams with pain when anyone 
calls me Peggy, this pleases me no end. Marian's 
boys are nine and ten now, and she imparted the 
information that Teddy Clark is no longer mar- 
ried and is working in Chicago, and that she had 
seen Peg Reinhold in New York, looking very 
well. On my list, Peg's address is 10 Mitchell 
Place, New York City, and I am willing to swear 
that I spent an hour in her apartment last win- 
ter and it was on 51st Street. Her apartment is 
furnished with antiques that were her mother's 
and is lovely. Maybe she has two apartments 

Wanda Jensch Harris and Jack were here for 
the Pitt-Wisconsin game this fall. They stayed 
with Ruth Taylor Franklin and we managed to 
squeeze in quite a celebration before, during, 
and after the game. Wanda said among other 
things that Kitty Blount had visited them out at 
the Island this summer. And don't ask where 
the Island is because I don't know. Wanda is 
living in Mendenhall, Pennsylvania, ten miles 
from Wilmington. 

One day early in October, I was surprised to 
find Joan Crawford in the living room but on 
close examination it was none other than Dot 

December, 1937 

Alumnae News 


Bailej Hughes. She lias lost 45 pounds and was 
very suave in green and gold. She deserted 
borne and family for almost a month, and had 
been i" New York, Atlantic City, etc. She visited 
Kitly Blount, saw Edna Lee Wood, Inn picked 
up not one scrap of Sweet Briar news in her 

Dot Keller llilT visited her family for a month 
this fall. The Pittsburgh Sweet Briar Club hon- 
ored her. a former president, at a tea. 

Martha Bachman McCoy, has the sweetest- 
looking little girl. She is four and, like her 
in. una. wears overalls and rides a horse. 

Ann Arnelt Mitchell is now Mrs. Donn W. 
\ alentine ol 399 \ incent Place, Elgin, Illinois. 

Morn- Christmas, and for the New Year, re- 
solve lo do something startling, and then hurry 
and tell me. 

Margaret Malone McClements. 


Class Secretary Elsetta Gilchri ;t. 4500 Euclid 
\\riiue. t lleveland. Ohio. 

The Lost and Strayed List is fast diminishing, 
and many of our clan are on the move. We re- 
port the following finds and changes of address: 

Claire Hanner Arnold to 105 Garth Road, 
Scarsdale, New York. 

Betty Bachman Hardcaslle to Honeywood 
Drive, Nashville. 

Anne Ashurs* Gwathmev, care Dr. Gwathmev. 
770-14 Florida Bank Building. Orlando, Florida. 

Jane Riddle Thornton to 1020 Raleigh Avenue. 

Frankie Sample to Lansdowne. Pennsylvania. 

Elizaheth Sexton La Cour, Box No. 37, Ponte 
Yedra Beach, Florida. 

Katherine Flowers Jackson (Mrs. Edgar W.), 
2^20 Medina Way. West Palm Beach, Florida. 

Gertrude Gulick McConnell (Mrs. R. J.), 415 
Bruce Avenue, Windsor. Ontario. Canada. 

Eleanor Koob Buschman (Mrs. W. H.), 881 
North Adams Road. Birmingham, Michigan. 

Jennie Lehman Morrison (Mrs. Marvin Burt), 
54 Fordham Drive, Buffalo, New York. 

Eugenia Nash Lanham (Mrs. S. W. J.), 2698 
Fremontia. San Bernadino, California. 

Bobby Rich Adams was matron of honor at the 
marriage of her sister, Mary, '24, to Robert Era- 
mett Robertson, on October 9. Bobby's daugh- 
ter, Mary Eleanor, age eight, was flower girl. 
Bobby seems to be rearing good Briar Patch ma- 
terial. For the third year, Mary Eleanor, is 
leading her class at the Calvert School in Balti- 
more, and a second daughter, Jane Rich Adams. 
was born on July- 15. 

A letter from Dickie Harper unearthed the 
where-abouts of Frankie Sample and told of a 
reunion of Dickie. Frankie. and Dickie Dickinson 
Robbins for a News-Hashing. If any more of you 
send in fan mail I fear your class reporter will 
become quite unbearable in the home circles. In- 
cidentally you will have to keep up your end of 
the reporting or together we will go into a 
decline. Dickie has been working at the same 
job for the past ten years, hopes to continue in 
the future, and fails to enlighten us as to the 
nature of the enjoyable occupation. 



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Separate residence and life adapted to younger 
girls. Catalogue. 

MARY HELENA DEY, M. A., Principal, 
Providence, Rhode Island 

Jo Snowdon Durham and her husband, Ken- 
neth, have been on campus for a week. Between 
Knoxville and Nashville they have had a foot- 
ballish fall. The collegiate spirits, Jo reports, 
have made her feel quite the girl again. With all 
this the children thrive and we hear rumored, 
are powerfully cute! 

A card brought forth some news from Betty 
Bachman Hardcastle. She has not been well for 
some time and had to spend the summer in Nan- 
tucket, away from her husband and boys, Ken- 
neth Hardcastle III. age four, and John, a year 
old. Illness prevented Betty from being with us 
on our Tenth, but I am glad to report she plans 
to be hale and hearty, attending the Fifteenth. 
May the best of luck and health be yours here- 
after, Betty. 

In October I was in Detroit and had dinner 
with "E" Morley Fink. I met all the children 
with the exception of Martha who is at Mary 
Baldwin for the winter. Peter, at four, is a de- 
cidedly active, handsome, blond son, and baby 
Lisa, a solemn, toddling golden-haired daughter: 
on that occasion far more interested in bed than 
any interruptions from her elders. It was a grand 
evening in a delightful home atmosphere with 
many of you the topics of conversation. I ar- 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

rived home, I must confess, far more matri- 
monially inclined than in years! 

Yesterday I returned from two weeks at col- 
lege. It is still the same intriguing place with 
many new attractions. Along with Jo, I add, 
more of you should give it a chance at renewing 
your youth. I now have worked up excuses for 
returning two or three times each year, and a 
meeting this winter in Williamsburg gives me a 

May a very Merry Christmas be all of yours, 
with the best of luck and happiness in the New 



Reunion, June 1938 

Class Secretary, Katherine Davis McIlrath 
(Mrs. W. H.), 408 South First Street, Council 
Bluffs, Iowa. 

Dear '28: I fear the news I have for you is a 
bit old — but it will help to catch up on the where- 
abouts of our classmates. Kitty Brightbill Beltz 
is the source of my news this time — how about 
some of the rest of you crashing through? 

Anne Harrison Shepherd Lewis is living in Wil- 
liamsburg and has charge of the floral decorations 
in the restored public buildings there. 

Marian Sumner Beadle was home for a visit 
from Honolulu this summer. When she returned 
she found Clarisse Ellis there. Clarisse had gone 
over for a visit, become interested in Social Ser- 
vice work there and stayed on. She was planning 
to spend part of the winter in New York going 
into Social Service in a big way. Marion is 
teaching in a private school as well as keeping 
house so she is a very busy gal. She and her 
husband have bought a lot on one of the highest 
spots around Honolulu and hope to build there 

Kitty is living in Chestertown, Maryland, just 
a few miles from Judy Thomas" house, so they see 
each other now and then. Judy is secretary for 
some lawyer in Baltimore. 

Mary Culver Mann is now living in Washington, 
D. C. 

Mary Mills Ham is now Mrs. Roy Campbell 
and is living at 1692 Riverview Road, Chatta- 
nooga, Tennessee. 

A late bulletin brings news of a daughter. Kate 
Sumner, who arrived September 30 at the Beadle 
mansion in Honolulu. 

Charlotte Horton spent the summer abroad with 
her parents visiting Italy, Switzer'and, France, 
Belgium and England. 

In parting, let me remind you to send your 
contributions of news to me not later than Febru- 
ary first, the column must be in the alumnae office 
by March first. 

Helen Davis McIlrath. 


Reunion, June, 1938 

Class Secretary, Ann Torian, 1902 North Tal- 
bott Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

I had hoped to have for you this time a grand 
article on the escape from Shanghai of one of 
our class mates. Adelaide Richardson spent last 
summer touring Japan and China and had a very 
exciting experience leaving there on August 13, 
the day that all the trouble started. She promised 
me exclusive rights to the story, but I have 
never gotten it. Terribly sorry, Adelaide. 

Kathryn Louise Lamb is now Mrs. Harry 
Fletcher Ellington and is living in New York. 
Mr. Ellington is an actor and played in Dead 

Mrs. James Van Deusen Eppes ("Beanie" to 
you) is now living at 1921 Stuart Street, Rich- 
mond, Virginia. 

Mary Shelton Clark was a member of the Jun- 
ior League of Chat'anooga's Charity Ball Com- 
mittee. The Committee was headed by Taven- 
ner Hazelwood Whittaker. Mary Poindexter 
Willingham, ex-'36, and Jane Shelton, '36, were 
also on the Committee. Mary and her husband 
attended the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game in Knox- 
ville early in November. 

And speaking of football games, I am going 
to Nashville on Thanksgiving to see Alabama put 
Vanderbilt where she belongs. 

Evelyn Bye Ross, ex-'29, now lives at 303 South 
Gore Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri. She has 
a little daughter three years old. 

Anne Gleaves, ex- '29, who is now Mrs. Francis 
Drought, lives in San Antonio and has a daugh- 
ter four years old. 

Since my last report I have ascertained that 
"Billy" Quisenberry's baby is a son, William 
Marks, Jr., born on August 1. 

Nan Torian. 

Reunion, June 1938 

Class Secretary, Mary MacDonald Reynolds 
(Mrs. Jasper A.), 204 High Street, Apartment 
No. 16, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

The eminent Mrs. Breckenridge has arrived in 
town with the cheering news that this column 
was due several days ago, and if I don't get going 
on my quarterly tidbits. I will be removed from 
my position and no longer be allowed to air my 
opinions from this corner. 

As several people who have been on the miss- 
ing list have risen to the surface since October, 
I feel I owe it to my public to bend every effort 
to make publication. So here goes and sorry if 
it doesn't sound all polished and cultured-like. 

The first of the missing women was Mona, and 
you can imagine my ecstacy at hearing from this 
old friend and roommate. Ah, me! Mona, at 
time of writing, was full of pride over the ar- 
rival of a 9J4 pound son, Charles McMillan 
Green II, her third child and first son, if you 
want to be statistical about it. Girls are six and 
four, and doesn't time fly? 

Sproul's visit with Jo Gibbs and Polly Swift 
and numerous other people has already appeared 
in several other columns in the last issue, but I 
guess I can tell about her seeing Gwen's fiance. 
Sproul approves of him thoroughly — which is just 
as well as the invitations are now out for the 
15th, and by the time you read this Gwen will 




Alumnae Newj 


probably bo Mrs. Onrpr Sneden Winlor, Jr. 
And ii does seem as though Miss Sproul could 
travel in the South some and not give Nsw 
Jersey and New England all the breaks. 

Gladys writes thai she is still president of the 
Northern New Jersey Sweet Briar Club. Those 
gals sure are slow to eateli on to her, and that 
Carolyn Martindale Blouin lias moved to Mont- 
clair to live. 

Sally Callison Jamison, "29, bless her, is respon- 
sible for the information that Eagle Curtis Loving 
has built an elegant new colonial home — called 
Rulerre — in Lovingston. And Jane Callison 
Smith has two children. Right on the heels of 
Sally's letter, came one from Hattie Williams 
Cowell, who has been one of the missingest of 
the missing women. Hattie is, contrary to any- 
thing you may have thought, very much alive — 
the mother of a three year old son, no less. She 
is living in Bethesda, Maryland, whither she 
has recently arrived by way of Colorado, Wyom- 
ing and Montana. Address her, Mrs. R. N. Cowell, 
4705 Chestnut Street, Bethesda, Maryland. 
Her husband is a newshawk, of the Associated 
Press variety. She saw Lib Marston at a football 
game and that was the first S. B.'ite she had seen 
in five years. And to think some of us have to 
look at each other every day! Hattie wants news 
of Katryne, Henderson, Tuck, Eagle, Jane, Moss 
and Diddy. Also Prent and Sturgis. Well so do 
I, but I don't have any more luck than you, 
Hattie. Quote — "My child is very cute and un- 
like his mother very smart ; passing years have 
added five pounds to my scrawny frame; enter- 
tain myself singing S. B. songs and hope to get 
to Commencement next June." Unquote. 

Mary Huntington Harrison writes thai Kay 
Grahsm Seiter has another child — daughter, Octo- 
ber 6th, Sarah Jean. Goody! 

Mary Walker spent the day with me last month. 
She had been in Hun'sville visiting cousin 
Florence (remember?) and my f was glad to 
see her. She hadn't changed much and didn't 
know any news. However it wouldn't have made 
any difference if she had as I was all wound up 
on various subjects of my own and really didn't 
give her a chance, f hope Mary will come back 
to see me. but I'm afraid she never will. 

Thanks to one and all, many, many times, for 
sending in so much news this month. It was 
most gratifying and greatly appreciated and — 
never mind, here comes Vivienne now, looking 
oh! so purposeful, so I might just as well hand 
this over. Merry Christmas to you all. 


Reunion, June 1938 

Class Secretary, Martha von Briesen, 4436 
North Stowell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Dear '31, 

I find myself in a very collegiate frame of mind 
at this moment, seeing as how I'm listening with 
great interest to the Harvard-Yale game, but I 
don't know how well I'll be able to concentrate 
on this leUer. No doubt there'll be a touch- 
down breaking in here sometime, but think noth- 







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ing of it. Pleasure before business, is my motto 
today ! 

Aren't you all glad to know that Bid Maner 
Vose, ex- '31, has fulfilled the promise she made 
us at our Fifth Reunion: she has a baby, whose 
name is Virginia Maner Vose. The date of her 
birth was October 23. 

Babies, more babies! Theda Sherman, '32, 
who was in our class originally, is now Mrs. 
Newell of Cool Run, Spruce Creek, Pa., and she 
has not one but two infants. Her daughter, 
Susannah, recently found herself the sister of a 
small brother, John, Jr. I have Evelyn Mullen 
to thank for that bit of information. 

Read my next column if you want to hear 
about some further additions to the next genera- 

Evelyn, by the way, has taken a position as 
an assistant in the library at Wells College, 
Aurora, N. Y. She likes her new job ever so 
much, says Wells is a delightful place, and after 
working hours she has been playing hockey on 
the faculty team and learning how to knit socks. 
Gertrude Grether, who taught at Sweet Briar the 
last half of our senior year, is at Wells, so she 
and Evelyn get together to reminisce about Sweet 
Briar. Evelyn further reports that Ruth Graham, 
ex-'31, is now a Mrs. Bartholdi, living at 2130 
W. Como Avenue, St. Paul; that on her way 
north, she ( Evelyn I had a brief visit in Phila- 
delphia with Wallis Hubball Schwarzwalder and 
her husband. (His first name is still unknown 
to me) . They live at Hallowell, Pa. Naomi 
Doty Stead, ex-'31, and her husband and their 
small daughter have bought a home in Lakewood, 
Ohio, just west of Cleveland. 

I wish you could see the lovely picture I have 
of Hellie Sim Mellen in her bridal finery. I'll 
put it in the famous scrapbook and bring it to 
our Tenth for you all to see. Hellie writes that 
she is busy learning the intricacies of housekeep- 
ing, and she also told me that Quinnie Bond has 
recently been laid low by a tonsillectomy. Hope 
you're feeling quite well again, Quinnie. 

By way of Nancy Wort.hington came some 
news of the elusive Sally Perry. It seems (par- 
don me while I do a few handsprings at the news 
of Harvard's second touchdown ! This is the 
most exciting football game I've heard in years! 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

* — * — *) she quit her job in Cleveland last July, 
and went home to relax and make preparations 
for her marriage. No date has been set for the 
event as yet, but before I forget, let me tell you 
that Sally's fiance is Herbert Allen Dorfeld. 
She calls him Jack. 

Two weeks ago today I had the very great 
pleasure of taking my guests, Milly Gibbons, '32, 
and our own inimitable Westcott (herself) to 
Madison, where we had some fast and furious ex- 
change of repartee and news with Abie Blake, 
'30, and Patty Mason Stedman, ex-'32. Milly 
and Westcott were in Milwaukee as delegates at 
a Junior League Social Welfare Conference, and 
they were with me a week. Some fun we had, 
too! You should have been with us as we laughed 
ourselves half to death over the Sweet Briar 
Blues! It was a treat for me to have two of my 
former playmate around, and I just hated to see 
them go home. Maiy Young, Virginia Stanberry 
Schneider. Rip Van Winkle, and one or two 
other S. B. gals were also among the delegates, 
and so was Nancy Faulkner; there was some re- 
mark about a '"Sweet Briar League" which pop- 
ped up several times. 

And that's all for today. Merry Christmas to 
each of you, and please help make mine a happy 
new year by writing to me whenever you have 
any news! 

P. S. Marital score, Class of 1931, by the end 
of 1937 : 49 out of 70, or 70 per cent. 


Class Secretary, Dorothy Smith Berkeley 
(Mrs. Edmund), Box No. 1273, University, Vir- 

The Alumnae Association records with deep 
regret the death of Sarah Forsyth Randolph, '32, 
which occurred December 5. 

Dear Class of '32, 

Your poor old secretary, at her wit's end and 
at the point of retiring, was much amazed to be 
deluged by a flood of answers to her usually un- 
successful postcards. Many, many thanks to 
everyone ! 

The main subject for this news letter, instead 
of babies, are the many marriages. Courtenay 
Cochran was married to Mr. Park Edmund Ticer, 
the sixth of November, at Leeds Church in Mark- 
ham, Virginia. Lib Doughtie was married to Dr. 
James McRae Be'hea, October 2, and is now 
living in New York. Caroline Powell, ex-'32, 
was married to Ernest W. Borkland, Jr., June 22. 
Eleanor Nalle, ex-'32, is now Mrs. Menefee; her 
husband is a young attorney. Jane Milar, ex-'32, 
was married this spring, but have no other de- 
tails. Martha Caroline Johnson. ex-'32, an- 
nounced her engagement, June 27, to Edward 
Owen Noble ... I think they have since 
been married. 

Sarah Bright wrote a divinely long and newsy 
letter. She is to be married in June as soon as 
her fiance, Louis Haskell finishes at the Epico- 



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December, 1937 

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pal Seminary in Alexandria. They arc planning 
to live in Raleigh, N. C, where they already 
have a darling house wailing for them, Louis 
graduated from \V and L in l l >2'>, and is also 
from Augusta. Sarah Bright spent last winter 
at Defray Beach in Florida, teaching in a swanky 
nursery school for "Yankee children"' down for 
the winter, and tutoring French for an hour after 
lunch. Sally Shallenherger Brown was also there, 
a few blocks away, with her husband and darling 
baby, William Lee Lyons Brown, Jr.! Sarah 
Bright and Sally both bought bicycles and spent 
hours riding and living on the beach. Louis spent 
his Easter vacation in Defray, so it must have all 
been very jolly indeed. Sarah Bright saw Hazel 
Stamps Collins in Hendersonville, N. C, this sum- 
mer and also Helen Lawrence, whom she saw 
Labor Day week-end. Letha Morris Woods sent 
her a snap of Letha, Jr.. and Sarah Bright re- 
ports that she is as pretty as her mother. Sarah 
Bright, seems to have plenty of activities planned 
for the winter to make the days pass more 
quickly. . . . She is busy with all manner of 
Junior League work plus two gym classes a week 
and one in tap-dancing . . . also golf, tennis, 
learning to cook, etc. 

Emma Knowlton Humphreys. ex-"32, has a 
young daughter, Eleanor Willie Rose, born Feb- 
ryary 23, i937. She is living in Highlandale, 
Mississippi, and is Mrs. Jack Rose Humphreys. 

"Squibby" is living at 1830 W. 105 Street, 
Chicago, lillinois. She has just returned from 
visiting in West Virginia and Indiana. Young 
Billy seems to be thriving according to her. 

"Milly" Gibbons is now living at 8232 Dela- 
ware Avenue, Tampa, Florida, and a letter to 
the Huntington House, 94 Fourth Avenue, New 
York will reach "Flappy" Pancake. 

"Ellie" Mattingly Littlepage is interning at the 
Baltimore City Hospital in Baltimore. She re- 
ceived her M.D. from the University of Virginia 
last June. 

Nancy Wilson is living at the Parnassus Club, 
612 W. 115th Street, New York. She is engaged 
in selling books at a small bookstore run by two 
very attractive ladies, opposite one of Dutton's 
numerous stores . . . mainly to help with the 
Christmas rush. 

"Lib" Douglas is adding lustre to the fame of 
our class ... or rather the class is basking 
in her reflected glory of being secretary to 
Dixie Graves, senator from Alabama. 

Marcia Patterson is back at the Roberts-Beach 
School in Cantonsville, Md. She says she has 
two chatterboxes in her house, aged 7 and 12 
respectively . . . the younger one has long 
braids to be plaited each morning before break- 
fast and it seems to befall Marcia to perform 
this task. She says the braiding is her only 
claim to notoriety! 

Betty Allen is struggling in the Physics and 
Chemistry Labs at the University, completing her 
pre-med work, in order to enter the Medical 
School of Virginia this coming fall. 

"Nellie" Nightingale Gleason has written a 
most charming and newsy letter in her usual 
breezy style . . . her husband has been ap- 

pointed to the Executive Committee of the Cleve- 
land Bar Association i the youngest member, by 
at least ten years), and her brother is in charge 
of the new big Glenn-Martin Co. bomber for 
Russia, the biggest plane oi its kind ever to lie 
built. Nightie modestly passes over these import- 
ant bits to expatiate on the newest Gleason, 
"Taffy." a honey colored female cocker pup, aged 
four months, with a morbid taste for match heads. 
She and Jim have also acquired a Dutch Colonial 
House, where they mainly seem to entertain 
friends with dogs, which sounds very optimistic 
for the Berkeleys. One of their most distinguished 
guests last winter was an Irish setter — Doberman 
Pinscher combination, 6 months old . . . he 
seemed to be "very interesting but a bit disturb : 
ing!" Nellie and Jim went to the meeting of 
the Bar Association in Kansas City in September, 
and saw Jane Muhlberg Halverstadt and many 
other Briarites. Nellie phoned Irvin Reay Cusca- 
den, but did not see her as she was occupied with 
her two children. 

Jane Hays Dowler is in Pittsburgh again while 
her husband is going to school. Nellie is hoping 
that she and Orla Washabaugb Elkin and their 
respective husbands will attend the S. B. C. 
Alumnae Dance in Cleveland on December 4. 
Nellie is on the dance committee. Besides that 
she still belongs to the Fortnightly Club, and is 
going to give a recital at the MacGregor Home in 
December ... as well as being vice-president 
of a junior board of the Grace Hospital. She 
and Jim spent the summer going back and forth 
between Madison and Cleveland. She and Orla 
went to Erie in August to the Junior League 
Horse Show. Orla playing an important part in 
the management of it. Virginia Cooke Reay, '31, 
is living in Cleveland, too, and works at the As- 
sociated Charities. Her husband is at the City 

News having given out 1 shall have to pad out 
this letter with excerpts from the Berkeley diary. 
We attended the Charleston. Greenville, and 
Roanoke Dog Shows in October, taking two of 
our spaniels with us. They came home with 
three blue and three red ribbons and some special 
prizes. There were some new additions to the 
Berkeley menage the first of October, four male 
and two female buff and red cocker spaniel pup- 
pies. We are also "expecting" in December. We 
have sold all but one of the spring litter . . . 
otherwise our ten dogs would place us on the 
President's LInemployed and Starving Census. 
Ned, not a dog, but the son and heir, is now 
standing up. 

Now for a little surprise! A great and won- 
derful opportunity for loyal service to the class 
is about to descend upon some unfortunate head 
among you, in the form of a delightful literary 
job — in other words, some fortunate soul is about 
to step into my boots as secretary for the class 
and i only hope it was the dastard who renomi- 
nated me. f can wish her no worse luck . . . 
at least she won't have much of precedent to live 
up too ... to think that anyone would do 
such a thing behind a person's back, f must 
say that f have enjoyed hearing from you all 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

these past five years and thank everyone of you 
for your many notes . . . but I do think 
the Class Log needs new inspiration in the form 
of a younger and more inspired author . 
my imagination has failed and any further activi- 
ties would only end in libel. 

Farewell, - 

Dorothy Smith Berkeley. 

Reunion, June 1938 

Class Secretary, Marjorie Burford, Johnson 
Hall, 411 West 116th Street, New York City. 
Dear Class: 

For once I have no harsh words, but only praise 
for the grand way you crashed through with 
many interesting letters. My heartfelt thanks! 

It was especially gratifying to hear from Lou 
Woodward Hurtt, who is now living in Laurel, 
Maryland, of whom I had had no news in some 
time. She says that after nearly five years of 
married life, during which time she lived first in 
Richmond, then outside Boston, she spends her 
days keeping house, exercising her daschund 
playing tennis, badminton and bridge, and in gen- 
eral enjoying herself. She reports that Marietta 
Derby Garst, who married John D. Garst in April, 
1936, has a son born June 12, 1937. She lives 
in Buenos Aires where she often sees other Sweet 
Briar girls who live there. 

Mary Spalding was married last May to Harold 
Osterman; they have recently moved into an 
apartment on Park Avenue, Richmond, a few 
doors from Jo Rucker Powell. Carroll S'ater 
Sifly and Lou were bridesmaids in the wedding. 
Betty Gochnauer Church is also living in Rich- 
mond. She has two darling sons. Kitty Goch- 
nauer Slater and her husband have a very attrac- 
tive new home in Upperville, Virginia. 

Anne Brooke is now living in Cleveland, Ohio, 
where her family has recently moved into what 
Lou says sounds like a mansion in Shaker 
Heights. Anne saw Babs in Cleveland, where 
her family has moved, but through some source 
or other I got the general impression that Babs 
is working in Cincinnati. Can anyone straighten 
me out? 

October brought lots of festivities in honor of 
Jean Van Home, who was married on Oc'ober 
30th to Malcolm Baber. Gerry and Hetty both 
entertained with showers. Hetty says the wed- 
ding was lovely and Jean looked very elegant. 
Jean and her husband will live in Philadelphia. 
Among the Sweet Briar people present were Elena 
Doty, who spent the summer in Massachusetts, 
and at present is in New York where her family 
has taken an apartment for their visit here of a 
month, Mary and Margaret Imbrie, and Annette 
Hagens. Annette has taken the job Jean left 
when she decided to get married. 

And by the time this reaches you wedding 
bells will have rung for several more members 
of the class. Mary Elizabeth Clemons was mar- 
ried to Albert Frederick Porzelius on the seven- 
teenth of November. Marguery Gubelman has 
announced her engagement to Mr. Clark J. Has- 
tert, of Shelby, Nebraska. They will be married 

in December and will live in Honolulu. Sarah 
Stewart has announced her engagement to an 
officer on one of the Dollar Line Ships. They 
will make their home in San Francisco. 

I was delightfully surprised the other night to 
run into Mary Kate Patton Bromfield who was 
in New York for a few days visiting her family. 
She is as cute as ever, and you can be sure we 
had a fine time discussing Sweet Briar. Virginia 
Alford Johnston visited her in August. Gin has 
a son two years old. Mary Kate says she sees 
Ruth Kimmey Cornell who also lives in Albany. 
Ruth has two children and the Cornells are 
building a new home in the country. 

I am sure you will all be sorry to learn that 
Frances Powell Zoppa underwent a goiter opera- 
tion several months ago in Richmond. But I am 
glad to report that she is now back in Lynchburg, 
and recuperating quite nicely. She and Gerry 
Mallory got toge'her when Gerry was down for 
the Alumnae Council meeting in October. 

Virginia Vesey is planning to be in New York 
Thanksgiving and of course '33's in this vicinity 
are looking forward to seeing her. She has been 
working for The Virginia Railway for a little 
over a year, and is getting a great kick out of 
riding around on passes. Whde she is in this 
section she hopes to see Lillian Allison, who has 
just returned from a cruise to Panama. 

Anne Marvin visited Hetty for a few days early 
this fall. She is now back in Charlottesville 
where she is still Brailling and liking it tremen- 
dously. I was very sorrv to hear of the death 
of her cute fox terrier, Topsy, whom I am sure 
many of you will remember. 

May we offer congratulations to Pat Atkinson 
who completed her work in Boston, and was first 
in her class. She is now teaching at the Ogontz 
School outside of Philadelphia. 

There have been a good many changes of ad- 
dress in recent months. Elizabeth Taylor Bur- 
leson can now be reached care Burleson Sani- 
tarium, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has a 
three months old son, Billy, Jr. Eleanor Hud- 
gins Keith's new address is 3715 Caroline Street. 
San Pedro. California. Warwick Rust Brown, 
who was married in November, will live in a 
Texas town on the Mexican border. Barbara 
Crawley Wilson (Mrs. W. S ), is living at Somer- 
ville, N. J., and has a son four years of age. 
Jane Martin is beginning her third year at the 
New York Institute for the Education of the 
Blind, 999 Pelham Parkway, New York City. 
Along with teaching blind children she is working 
on her Master's at Columbia. Helen Martin is 
still living at home and working at Abington 

There are three more class babies which have 
not been announced in this column: Kathleen 
Carmichael Mather has a daughter born October 
eleventh. Margaret Wayland Taylor has a son, 
Robert, Jr.. born August twenty-sixth. Charlotte 
Tamblyn Tufts has a son. Bradley Nickerson, 
born November 12. 

I had a very pleasant week-end a few weeks 
ago with Virginia Brewer Cobey and her husband 
in their most attractive house in Frostburg, Mary- 
land. Between the duties of housework, Virginia 




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is working with the Junior League in Cumber- 

And that, ladies, is the sum total of news for 
the month. 1 am looking forward to hearing 
from you before February. 

Merry Christmas, 



Class Secretary, Marjorie Lasar Hurd (Mrs. 
E. R. Hurd, Jr.), 4965 McPberson Avenue, Saint 
Louis, Missouri. 

Dear Ladies, 

Behold our cherubs; are they not beautiful. 
each and eveiy one of them? Marie Lange Gas- 
kell's baby, George, is the oldest — three years old 
the ninth of October and very busy in his snow 
suit. Marie, not busy enough with her son and a 
new home, has undertaken a pre-school kinder- 
garten in connection with her church, and is en- 
joying it immensely. Mitzie Hanifen Fried's 
Edward seems to have the earmarks of a college 
cheer-leader; Mitzie is s'ill doing social service 
work and is going to take a course in Interior 
Decorating come New Year's — which New Year 
she is planning to spend with Jeanne Harmon 
Weisberger in New York. Cecile's chick, Emily, 
is nearly two years old ; her mama writes that she 
was in Milwaukee at a Junior League Convention 
where she saw Millie Gibbons, Mary Frances 
Westcott and Man' Young. Am I crazy or does 
Hanson's little guy look just the way that you 
thought he would? Helen said that Louise 
Greenwood visited her last July; she also sees 
Mary Ann Page, now Mrs. Alex Guyol, who is 
living in Maumee. Ohio. She also reported that 
Betty Spray was married in October, to whom we 
don't seem able to find out. Hanson and her 
husband have a new house. I haven't gotten a 
picture of Stuart Clark, but I hope to before I 
close the column. Sallie Merritt Brentnall has a 
four months old baby boy named after his father: 
had I known it, I would have asked you for a 
picture of him, Sallie. How about one for the 
next issue? 

I was so tickled to hear from two exes, Tess 
Lamfrom Beck who has a son, John Lamfrom 
Beck, born last February, and Anne Armstrong 
Allen who has a male child, too, named Edward 
Allen III, born in March, 1937. Tess writes that 
when she left Sweet Briar, she graduated from 
Milwaukee Downer College, took typing and 
shorthand, visited Emily Denton Tunis — and like 
so many of us, succumbed to marriage. She tells 
me that Elspeth Toepfer married Robert Calhoun 
last July. That Marjorie Jones Garlick, ex-'33, 
is in the baby department, and that Marion Wal- 
ker Alcara is wheeling an infant. She asks for 
word of Sally Turner — does anyone know her 
whereabouts? Anne is full of news: she was mar- 
ried in May, 1936, and is living at 12053 Lake 
Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. Anne Emmerling was 
one of her bridesmaids. Clarissa Brenner was 
married about the same time that Anne was, to 
Donald Calderwood of Pittsburgh, and is living 
there now. Janet Nicholson announced her en- 
gagement to James Bryant McCuIlough. Thank 

you both so much lor writing; 1 did appreciate 
it and wish thai more of our exes would do like- 
wise. More of tin 1 exes \ \ 1 1 i I < • I am on the sub- 
ject: Marjorie Westcott is now Mrs. John Charles 
Mackey, 472 Gramatan Avenue, Mt. Vernon, \. 
Y. ; Frances Adams married Allen Jones Jervey, 
June 19; and Elinor Filch Welch (Mrs. 11. K.I. 
lives in North Madeira Beach, Florida. 

Lou Bond Pendle'on is treasurer of the North- 
ern New Jersey Sweet Briar Club and says that 
she sees Lou Dreyer occasionally; her address is 
47 Lhiion. 

Lydia spent her honeymoon in the Pocono 
Mountains and drove up to Schenectady to see 
her husband's brother; she says that her cooking 
is very sketchy, but that "Life is wonderful and 
gets better every day." Mary Walton has been 
appointed Junior Reference Supervisor in the 
National Archives in Washington; her field is the 
Labor Department, the NRA records and related 
agencies. Dearing writes that she has no news, 
but that at the time of writing, it was forty-four 
days until Christmas. I was in Chicago at Thanks- 
giving time and talked to her on the telephone, 
and she is writing her thesis for her M.A. on 
Carlisle. I also saw Julie and, my friends, she 
has the handsomest baby boy that I have ever 
laid eyes on in this life. I have already picked 
him out for my Julie if he will have her (he 

Betty Brice Smith is living in Forest Hills, 
Long Island. Kitty Means is as busy as the pro- 
verbial one-armed paperhanger wi'h hives trying, 
as she so aptly put it, "to persuade people to buy 
chances and join things and contribute to stuff." 
She also teaches Sunday School and leads a Girl 
Scout troop and also managed to visit Hoffie on 
Hallowe'en. Margaret Ross is sti'l working in 
New York with the Radio Corporation, and is also 
taking courses in Interior Decorating and French. 
Beanie's address is 204 East Market Street. Beth- 
lehem, Pennsylvania. Cookie says no news this 

Nan Russell Carter is doing amazing things like 
housework and clearing ski trails in the woods 
neither of which would be so amazing if she 
weren't also "waiting not too patiently for Old 
Man Stork to race Santa Claus down the chim- 
ney." Her new address is 102 St. James Place, 
Buffalo, N. Y. Hope you find it in your Christ- 
mas stocking, madam. Marcia visited in Chicago, 
then Pood announced her engagement, then a 
visit to Texas Don't forget to send your Alum- 
nae dues, ladies! 

Jackie is leading a quiel, domestic life . . . 
I doubt that, but that is what she said. Ellie 
Alcott is playing hockey all over the place and 
went to Columbus for the sectional tournament: 
is also still working and studying. Lib Scheuer is 
still working, loo, and said that Sue Fender has 
a job in New York and is living across the street 
from Shower. Bonnie writes from school that 
Judy has been sick all summer, but is on the 
mend . . . otherwise no news from her. 

Tacky has been active in the Little Theatre 
Group in Springfield, and has appeared in Mo 
Here's Tartuffe which ran the last week in Octo- 

John Lamfrom Beck, nearly 1 year 

Edward Donald Fried, l'/ 2 years rl 

December, 1937 

Alumnae News 


ber. She threatens a trip to Saint Louis, but I 
know from former experiences that it is only idle 

Julie and her husband got off to Virginia for 

Mrs. Lill was in Saint Louis the end of Novem- 
ber lo speak on Sweet Briar at the various prepa- 
ratory schools; 1 was in Chicago at the time, but 
the Club had a tea for her. Jane White Burton 
is our new president. The Big City got me and 
that may account for this column not being up 
to scratch. 1 forgot to tell Anne Allen that f 
have bad no word of or from Harriet Brown since 
she left school. 

Merry Christmas to all of you; this isn't much 
of a Christmas present, but I am told that it is 
the spirit that counts. Will welcome more baby 
pictures for the next issue, so send them along. 


Class Secretary, Sallie Flint. 1108 West 
Armory Avenue, Champaign, Illinois. 

Dear Classmates: News time has rolled around 
again and I must admit has found me practically 
unprepared, but let"s see what we got. Mrs. 
Breck. God bless her soul, sends some pertinent 
items. Dot Barry's marriage confirmed — October 
2nd to Frederick Gordon Kelcham. New address 
is 215 Clinton Place, Hackensack, New Jersey. 

Peggy Carry is to be married in Chicago on 
January 8, to Mr. Lewis Hudson Durland of 
Ithaca, New York. Hud is assistant to the Comp- 
troller in charge of investments at Cornell Uni- 
versity so Peggy will start out brewing stew up 
in Ithaca. Bonnie Wood, '34, is to be her maid 
of honor. 

Another wedding is in the offing. Ellen Pratt 
is busily writing out invitations to her marriage 
to Mr. Earl McGowin. I quote, "I imagine that 
I will be married after February — I may be mar- 
ried much sooner than I expect." You draw your 
own conclusions about the exact date, but this we 
do know, she will be living in Chapman, Ala- 
bama, after the wedding. 

And still they come. Pood Morrison's engage- 
ment to Mr. Warren T. Ruddell also of Indian- 
apolis was announced on November 6. 

For those of you who didn't know that Kitty 
Brandt is married, she is now Mrs. John H. 
Bryant and lives at 1338 Washtenaw, Apartment 
No. 6, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

December 11, Jackie took the step and mar- 
ried Mr. Edward Dwelle, Jr. She will be at 
home after January 1, at Jacksonville, Florida. 
Just in case any of you folks decide to winter in 

Bev Hill writes that she is having a time get- 
ting into the study routine again at the Univer- 
sity of Alabama. Seems there is too much going 
on to be really conducive to serious study, but 
she is managing to do both. 

Lida's wedding was really very beautiful. You 
can tell from the picture how many of us thirty- 
fivers were represented in the wedding party. 

Bobbie Spelman, ex '35, graduated at Barnard. 
Her engagement lo Dr. Richard Bavliss Schutz of 

Kansas City, Missouri, was announced August 

Eot, according to latest reports, is getting her 
M.S. at Wayne University, Detroit Family Service 
organization and doing analytic work under Dr. 
Maden in Philadelphia, if you can figure that out. 
Address is 225 South 15th Street, Allentown. 

Louise Davis is now Mrs. Robert D. Hall of 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Jane Milchel received ber M.A. at the Univer- 
sity of Pittsburgh. 

Jean McDaniel is now Mrs. James K. Cullen, 
Boyle Road, Hamilton, Ohio. 

Alma Simmens is attending the University of 
Virginia this year. 

Sarah Turpin is writing a column called '"Fash- 
ion Flashes" in the Record-Observer at Center- 
ville, Maryland. More power to you, Sarah. 

Elizabeth Crawford is studying voice in New 
York again this year under Frantz Proschowski 
and rooming with Frances Gregory, '36, at the 
A. W. A. Club. 

Betty Hamilton, ex '35, is working as clinical 
technician at the George Washington University 
Hospital in Washington, D. C. She has seen Dina 
Jones Skillon and July Peterkin. 

I decided to try to get in touch with some 'ex 
every time so wrote to Anne Cockrill who prompt- 
ly replied that she had been Mrs. Frank Wait 
since October 26, 1935, and her address was 2806 
Chester Street, Little Rock, Arkansas. Sorry not 
to be up on your news, Anne — do stop in here on 
route to Michigan next summer. 

Announcement received of the arrival of Maud 
Winbourne Leigh on August 12th to Dr. and Mrs. 
Southgate Leigh, Jr., of 700 Batetont Street, Nor- 
folk, Virginia. Thank you for the grand letter, 
Maud, and warmest congratulations. I know the 
prospective "Briarite" as you called her, is tops. 

Nice letter from Shelby Roberts, another 'ex 35. 
She graduated from Brown in '36 where she ma- 
jored in philosophy and poetry. She is now living 
at 124 Linden Avenue, Englewood, New Jersey. 

Ellen Scattergood's letter was a very welcome 
surprise — she was prompted to write, she says, by 
becoming inspired after reading the last Alumnae 
News. Very flattering, indeed, Scat. Thank you 
so much. (Time out while your correspondent 
adjusts her orchid.) Scat speaks of bumping into 
Bobbie Miller on Regent Street, in London last 
July and lunching with her. Still no definite 
information as to what, exactly, Bobbie has been 
doing in deah old London all this time. Wed- 
dings seem to have been in Scat's hair lately — 
Evie Morris in June and a brother and sister 
within ten days of each other in October. Be- 
tween things, she worked in a summer abroad, 
taking in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, 
Czecho-Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary, which 
seems like a good piece of territory to us. Scat 
is teaching second grade at Havorford Friend's 
School near Philly this year. 


Sweet Briar College 

December, 1937 

From left to right — Rebecca Young Frazier, 

Pecgy Carry, Sara Robinson, Lida Read Voigt 

Young, Jerry Johnston and Jacquelyn 


I wrote Mary Willis this summer and asked her 
to please give me a good husky account of her 
wonderful Philipine trip last year and she very 
generously sent me back full details. 

Last issue's column was actually copious so I 
saved Mary's letter for this time. Wish I could 
just include the whole thing for it was a grand 
affair but I'm afraid I'll have to pick out the hi- 
lites for you. 

Mary sailed in February to visit her uncle and 
aunt, army people, sta'ioned near Manila. She 
went by herself and expected a rather subdued 
trip out but discovered old S. B. Cits and other 
connections all along the way. The Chinese Am- 
bassador was aboard and Mary said the chop-stick 
eating demonstrations were really something. She 
skips blithely over Shanghai and Hong Kong and 
gives her impressions of Manila, hot, humid, color 
ful, and alive with strange exotic crawling things. 
The activities on the army post took up most of 
her time but she was in and out of Manila every 
day or so. After a month there she went 150 
miles inland to Baguio, a lovely resort where coats 
and open fires were in order. Mary"s descriptions 
of the natives were priceless. She went on to 
Hong Kong on May 12th for the Coronation cele- 
bration which lasted three days. The Chinese 
were apparently as enthusiastic as the English for 
elaborate dragon parades, gorgeous lantern pro- 
cessions, and giant airplane demonstrations were 
staged. Mary said it was the most spectacular 
affair she ever witnessed. The trip home was by 
way of Shanghai, Hai Tai, Kobe, Tokyo, and, 
finally, the beach at Waikiki. Doesn't it thrill 
you all just to think about it? Thank you for 
your generous letter, Mary, and we are all glad 
you got your trip in last year before the Eastern 

(This turned out to be not such a modest little 
contribution as I had expected — let's pretend I 
never wrote the first paragraph at all! ) 

Quite the nicest thing that has happened to me 
is Miss Glass's flying visit through town the first 
of last month. A H. S. Teacher's Convention and 

various o f her engagements kept her pretty busy 
but I did manage to whisk her around the campus 
and home for a cup of tea. It was grand seeing 
her and talking Sweet Briar. 

About myself. Still hunting for that private 
school job part of the time and enjoying being 
unemployed the rest of the time. I was in Boston 
for a week this fall where I lunched with Martha 
Jones and Betty Meyers — then two weeks in New 
York where I visited Pat Edmons, '36, and took 
in all the plays my pocketbook would stand. Back 
here for Homecoming week-end at the University 
the last of October. Football games and trips to 
Chicago have been on the schedule this month and 
now getting ready for Christmas in Florida. After 
that — who knows. 

Merry Christmas, all — see you next year. 


Reunion, June 1938 

Class Secretary, Anne Lemmon, 224 Church 
Street, Sumter, South Carolina. 
Dear "37, 

Well, time marches on and I was amazed to 
find myself once more in the Post Office throw- 
ing the staff into a flurry by asking for those 
cute little reply cards. I must be the only custo- 
mer along that line for my simple little request 
seems to disorganize them completely, and they 
all search madly while the line of would-be pur- 
chasers forms to my right. 

Anyway they got results. Of course, Brad 
complained that a card could never hold a'l her 
news. I hope she'll follow the example se f by 
Sue. Syd and Stewdie who ignored the cards 
and wrote letters covering activities in their re- 
spective parts of the country. All news is grate- 
fully received, letters especially because they 
take longer to read and as usual I have time on 
my hands. 

I'll begin my tale with Nat's wedding and 
Founders' Day. It seems so long ago now I'll 
probably forge' it if I don't. The wedding was 
grand fun and Nat was a lovely bride. It was 
wonderful having so many of you down here. 
Terry and Polly came early, then Nat Hopkins 
and May, Aggie Crawford and Betty Williams 
arrived later. 

Afterwards we visited around on the way to 
Founders' Day. Several of us stopped in Char- 
lotte for lunch with Libby Lee. She emphati- 
cally denies that she is loafing — she teaches Sun- 
day School which takes up a lot of time, and 
when we saw her she was preparing to take part 
in the Community Chest Drive. We saw Nancy 
Nalle for a minute and she invited us out to her 
museum promising a lecture in one syllable words 
which even we could understand. We were in a 
rush so we had to take a raincheck on that. 
She had recently been to Lynchburg for Lib 
Morton's wedding. 

We had a grand reunion at Sweet Briar and 
missed all of you who couldn't be there. Issy. 
Nat, May, Becky, Terry, Polly, Betty Williams, 

December. 19H7 

Alumnae News 


Elliott Lewis ami 1 represented '37. You really 
should have seen lis in the procession. Johnny 
and Lyn wove their caps and gowns for the lirst 
time ami gave us the news on who had been 
hack. Dotty Price hail taken the previous week- 
end from her twenty-three children at a private 
nursery school in Baltimore and relaxed at Sweet 

Wes Ward had been down to openings at the 
University and had been over to school. She had 
to rush back up to Wilmington before Founders 
Day. She will settle down to an apprenticeship 
at directing children's plays at the Cleveland 
Playhouse after Thanksgiving. She is also serv- 
ing on the committee for the Sweet Briar dance 
to be held on December 4. 

Brad has been over a number of times, riding 
in the Amherst Horse Show where, according to 
the News, she won the customary honors. She 
didn't get over for Founders' Day, pleading that 
schooling horses, being farm secretary and the 
boss' handy man doesn't leave much time for 
such things. 

Ellie and Jackie were down at the time of 
Lib's wedding, and E'lie hoped to return again 
with Helen in November. Ellie is helping out 
with the Community Chest drive and other char- 
ity work as well as going to business school. 

Elliott is taking nine hours, in business I 
think, at the University and claims it is getting 
her down. 

Lolly writes that she is busy being house- 
keeper as her mother is ill. She has also started 
rehearsals for "'Church Mouse" in which she has 
the leading role, to be given at the Little Thea- 
ter. She says Cissie has just returned from a 
visit to Eliza Lewis. Mary Helen returned from 
Europe on November 16 and plans to go to 
Denver Thanksgiving. 

Eddina Newby Adams 

Eshie writes that she rushed up to New York 
right after Gurley's wedding to put her I i i : l< - 

sister in school, then she and Monkey drove 
back by school. Eshie could spend only one 
night but Monkey stayed a week. 1 still don'l 
know Monkey's address. 

Sue and Eshie are having the lime oi their 
lives making their debuts in New Orleans. They've 
been buying clothes ever since Gurley's wedding, 
so they should have plenty by now. The parlies 
have begun and will last till Mardi Gras. Sue 
expects Stewdie and perhaps Fruffy down for 
some of the festivities. 

And besides the debs we have some brides 
this issue to help uphold our social standing. 
Nina is having a wonderful time getting ready 
to be married on December 11 — "Punk" is the 
happy man, of course. It will be a small wed- 
ding. She will continue to live in Bedford as 
Mrs. H. W. Jarvis. 

Marge Thomas and Carol Fox are also en- 
gaged. Marge will many Baird Curtis Brook- 
hart in December. Carol will marry Henry West- 
erman McKisson, Jr., in the winter or spring. 
Ginny Rush is engaged to Ensign A. Warren 
Aylesworth, U. S. N. 

Among the recent brides is Gerry Bonkemeyer 
who married Frances Darden's brother, Clai- 
bourne Henry Darden in Greensboro on October 
29. Gerry was graduated at the Woman's Col- 
lege of the University of North Carolina in June. 
Beda Carlson was her maid of honor and judging 
by the account the wedding must have been 

Vera Mae Peterson was graduated from the 
University of Nebraska this year, and on October 
18 married to Edgar Yenzer of Wichita, Kansas. 

Betty Sherk is now Mrs. Robert Mason Prince, 
and her new address is The Seward, 59 Seward 
Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. 

Priscilla Talbott has changed her name to Mrs. 
Stephen Noel Tackney and is living at 1335 Fil- 
bert Street, San Francisco, California. 

From Syd I learned, among o'her things, that 
Margaret Sutch was married on October 16 to 
Wi'liam Norman Holt, Jr., from North Carolina. 
She finished at Wisconsin in June. 

That seems to finish up the brides so I'll turn 
to our old matrons. Nat has moved over and 
was very much engrossed in making biscuits when 
I went around this morning. Maitland later re- 
ported they were very good. Eshie stopped by 
to see Gurley on that trip from New York I 
mentioned and says married life hasn't changed 
her a bit. No reports from Dina. 

We business girls have even more opposition 
in our field now. Syd has gotten tangled up in 
a course in Chicago. Among her classma'es are 
Kay Wheat and "Mouse'' Kock, both ex-"37. 
Margaret Sutch was there too before she mar- 
ried. Kay graduated from Illinois in June and 
"Mouse" finished at Ogontz after her year at Sweet 
Briar, then spent a year following the fleet along 
I he West Coast. 

Syd also reports having seen Dedie Barber at a 
football game. Thanks a lot for the letter, Syd. 

Polly Lambeth has begun her course and 


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Stewdie is also endeavoring to become a business 
woman. She is going to Peirce Business School 
and saving the week-ends for fun. She has seen 
Dotty Prout and is looking forward to visiting 
Sue in February. Stewdie is among those who 
have already returned to Sweet Briar, stopping 
there on her way to Charlottesville, where she saw 
Bobby Kirch Booth and her young daughter, 
"Pinkie" born on November 6. The baby is very 
superior to all others, she claims. Bobby has a 
new apartment at 1 Stadium Road. Stewdie sees 
Liz Nold Miller often, and her son John has 
had his first hair cut. Guess that finishes the 
news of the younger generation. 

Maggie Cornwall is still displaying her athletic- 
prowess. She went to Chicago Thanksgiving to 
play with the Mid-West Team in the National 
Hockey Tournament. Jurie is also in St. Louis 
keeping house for her father and will make her 
debut at a dinner dance on December 10. 

Lee Hall has gotten rid of her wisdom teeth 
and is now attending business school in New 
York two nights a week. She was down at Vir- 
ginia for the dances. 

Janie's law course is keeping her veiy busy but 
she thinks she likes it. She is living at the 
Mayflower, Apartment 268. She sees Briarites 
occasionally and plays bridge with Ellie and 
Dottie Green quite often. Nancy Gatch is at 
G. W. too and they see each other a lot. 

From New York comes news of a couple of 
reunions. Becky went up for the Horse Show 
and she, Peter, Nat Hopkins, Mindie and Bobby 
Jarvis met at May's. Peter had a broken foot 
but I judge its all right now. Becky has given 
up the European trip and is now thinking of 
going to South America. So is Betty Williams. 
All prospective trippers might get in touch with 
them for a good pep talk. 

Boguie, Turnie, Peggy Cruikshank, Molly, 
Ginny Rush, Jane Williams and Betty Thomas 
got together for a while in New York recently. 
Boguie was visiting in New York and New Jersey. 
She will start working at Strawbridge and 

Clothier's in Philadelphia on November 29. 

Betty Thomas was buying Marg's trousseau 
according to Janet. I must speak to my twin 
about getting married. Jane is studying for her 
M.A. More power to her. Peggy is still working 
at Best & Co. and in her spai'e time is rehearsing 
for "Night Must Fall" which will be given by 
the Cranford Dramatic Club December 3 and 4. 
She was in Lynchburg and at Sweet Briar over 
Thanksgiving. Molly merely reports hard work 
and a wonderful time. 

Helen Neve is at 708 Spruce Street, Philadel- 
phia, Pa., but I don't know what she is doing. 
Maggie MacRae is at 20 W. Franklin Street, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Ainsley Spalding, ex'37. graduated from Okla- 
homa University and is now located at 219 Ar- 
tillery Post, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She sees 
Jerry Fraser now and then. 

Issie Olmstead is keeping house for the family 
and Nat is working for the Junior League at a 
hospital. She is also taking typing lessons. She 
had had one last time I saw her, but by this 
time she should have had another. May has fin- 
ished her business course and is turning down 
jobs right and left. 

Elizabeth Sicard has announced her engage- 
ment to Louis Ward Locke, Jr. The wedding 
will take place during Christmas holidays. 

T hope this is enough news to hold you until 
the next issue. I would appreciate criticism or 
suggestions you may have. Our only aim is to 
please you know. 

If any of you are going to Florida this winter 
remember Sumter is on the most direct route 
(plug for the Board of Trade) so please stop 
and see Nat and me. Until then — Merry Christ- 


Louise Grace is now Mrs. Charles L. Prince and 
is living in Laurinburg. North Carolina. She 
and Louisa and Virginia Guild spent a week-end 
on campus recently. 



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Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridce. '18, Editor 



An Alumna's Flight From China 3 

i.N Alumna In China 5 

Library Popi lar at Sweet Briar 6 

Ai.i mnae Cubs 7 

Alumnae Represenatives On Admission 11 

Report of the Nominating Committee 12 

Propaganda in Literature 15 

May Day at Sweet Briar 16 

The Thinking East 18 

Many New Students Related to Alumnae 

and Undergraduates 19 

Class Personals 20 

the sweet briar alumnae 

Alumnae Member of the 

Board of Directors 
Mrs. Charles Burnett 

(Eugenia Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Chopt Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Members of the 

Board oi Overseers 

Mrs. Kent Balls 

(Elizabeth Franke, '13) 

3406 Lowell Street. N. W. 

Washington, D. C 

Mrs. H. 0. Schneider 
(Margaret Grant, '15) 

R. F. D. No. 1 
Peekskill, New York 


Mrs. Frederick Valentine 

(Elizabeth Taylor, '23) 

5515 Cary Street Road 

Richmond, Virginia 

First Vice-President 

Mrs. Howard Luff 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

2215 Devonshire Drive 

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 


Mrs. Herman Wells Coxe 
(Elmyra Pennypacker, '20) 

3107 Queen Lane 
Germantown, Pennsylvania 

Mrs. Arthur B. Kline 

(Catherine Cordes, '21) 

4421 Schenley Farms Terrace 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Jeanette Boone, '27 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Geraldine Mallory', '33 

169 East Clinton Avenue 

Tenafly. New Jersey 

Mrs. George F. Tinker 

(Virginia Lee Taylor, '26) 

49 Madison Avenue 

Montclair, New Jersey 

Marcaret McVey, '18 
(Honorary Member) 
1417 Grove Avenue 
Richmond, Virginia 

Publicity Chairman 

Alumnae Fund 

Martha von Briesen, '31 

4436 North Stowell Avenue 

Mi'waukee. Wisconsin 

Second Vice-President 

Elizabeth Wall. '36 

1023 Electric Street 

Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Alumnae Secretary 

and Treasurer 
Vivienne Barkalow 

Breckenridce, '18 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairman Alumnae Fund 

Mr-. Allan Davis 

(Dorothy Hamilton, '26) 

301 Somerset Road 

Baltimore, Maryland 



Senor Salvador de Madariaga spoke at Sweet Briar February 18 on "The Outline oj a Sensible 
Constitution ior a Sensible People." He is one of the most brilliant lecturers who has spoken at 
Sweet Briar. His "Sensible Constitution" was based on facts gathered from his wide experience 
as former Ambassador from Spain to the United States and to France and as Spain's permanent 
delegate Co the League oj Nations. It one time he was professor of Spanish Literature at Oxford 
University and is well known for his literary contributions in both Spanish and English. Senoi 
de Madariaga is vitally interested in a plan for a World Foundation. Following his lecture Senor 
de Madariaga was entertained at a reception in Fergus Reid Parlors. In the afternoon he was the 
gues' of honor at a tea given for him by the Faculty Club at which time he spoke informally on 
his It or/d Foundation plans. 

March, 1938 

An mnak News 

An Alumna's Flight From China 

By Adelaide Richardson, Class of 1929 

(Editor's Note: This article is reprinted through the courtesj of the Bright Scrawl of the 

Junior League of San Antonio.) 

We left Hongkonc August 4, on the 
Chichibu Maru, for Shanghai, arriving 
there August 6. We had heard the War 
news from Pieping of course and rumors 
of impending war in Shanghai, but we 
never dreamed of a city of four million 
people being in real clanger of invasion. 

On arriving we found people moving 
into Shanghai from nearby towns but were 
told that it always happened whenever 
there was a war scare. The American 
Consul said it was safe to go to Soochow 
and Nanking on a short trip. However, 
on the way we passed trains loaded with 
refugees evacuating Nanking. When we 
arrived there we found that new govern- 
ment buildings w r ere being covered with 
gray plaster, and all government officials 
had been ordered to take their families to 
Shanghai. However we stayed in Nanking 
two days and then returned to Shanghai. 
Refugees were still pouring into the city, 
but again we were assured that we could go 
to Hangchow. 

On returning to Shanghai from Hang- 
chow on August 10, we found conditions 
more tense than before. Chinese were be- 

ginning to move into the International Set- 
tlement from the native quarters, and busi- 
ness houses were being boarded up and 
goods moved farther into the city. That 
went on all day and all night. We were 
scheduled to sail for Japan from Shanghai 
on August 12, but late the night of the 
eleventh we were informed that the Shang- 
hai Maru would be detained till August 13 
because of a typhoon between Shanghai 
and Nagasaki, Japan. Little did we know 
that it was being held over to allow Japan- 
ese refugees to board it! 

All the day of the twelfth I spent on the 
streets watching the mobs streaming into 
the International Settlement. There was 
no mistaking now that something was go- 
ing to happen and that, very soon. Every- 
thing on wheels was being pressed into 
service to transport families and baggage. 
Taxis and rickshaws were at a premium. 
The poor Chinese seemed dazed by the 
suddenness of it all. They had little time 
to take anything but what they could carry 
with them. One old man I saw was carry- 
ing a brass tea-kettle in one hand, and in 
the other a cage in which a cricket was 


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March, 1938 


chirping merrily away! Chinese believe 
crickets bring good luck! And pitiful in- 
deed were the lame and crippled beggars 
dragging themselves, moaning, along the 
streets. It was a sight I will never forget. 

Our party was to have left the Cathay 
Hotel at 7 in the morning to make the 8 
o'clock boat. Our baggage had been sent 
aboard the night before and taxis had been 
ordered to take us. We waited until 7:30, 
then realized that they weren't coming at 
all! We tried frantically to get rickshaws, 
and finally succeeded in getting to the boat, 
though our rickshaw boys were afraid to 
take us into the yards of the N. Y. K. docks, 
and we had to use the most commanding 
tone of voice we could muster to force them 
"to take us up to the boat. 

The Shanghai Maru ordinarily carries 
440 passengers, but on this trip it carried 
1,000 Japanese refugees and 250 foreigners 
composed of Germans, Scotch, English and 

We sailed at 8 A. M. Friday, August 
13, and that night we ran into rain and the 
high wind of the typhoon. The Japanese, 
who had been sleeping on the fore-deck 
were forced to come inside because of the 
storm, and they moved into the halls out- 
side our cabins, bag, baggage and babies! 
It wasn't very pleasant having to keep our 
port-holes closed with that mass of human- 
ity practically under our noses all night. 

The force of the typhoon finally forced 
the ship to go back, but we could not go 
back to Shanghai because firing had started 

an hour and a half after we left! In the 
afternoon of August 14, a bomb had fallen 
on the Palace Hotel across the street from 
the Catfiay where we had stayed, and an- 
other in front of the Cathay ! We seemed 
to be between the Devil and the deep blue 

The boat finally anchored 11 miles from 
Shanghai, in the Yangtze River, for 52 
hours. While there, we saw Japanese war- 
ships steam past and at 6:45 P. M., the first 
evening they bombed Chapei and Woosung, 
native sections of Shanghai. We could see 
the flash from the guns and hear the ex- 
plosion of the shells. Soon the whole sky 
was illuminated from the fires started by 
the bombing. Now and then there would 
be a big flare when a Godown (warehouse) 
or a gasoline tank caught fire or exploded. 
It was terribl i to stand there and watch it, 
knowing all the terror, confusion and death 
there would be among those poor Chinese. 

That night the officers on our boat must 
have thought we were in precarious posi- 
tion because black paper was put over the 
port-holes, long black cloth bags were 
hung over the lights in our cabins, and the 
deck lights were turned out. It was any- 
thing but a cheerful scene! 

The next morning was rather calm, but 
just at noon the warships passed us again 
and bombed die same places that they had 
bombed the night before. As the last boat 
passed us we were so close that we could 
see there was some excitement on board. 
They were starting the airplanes each car- 

March, 1938 

Alumnae News 

lied anil drawing them back into position 
to be catap^ 'ted! 

Just at that moment a formation of air- 
planes appeared out of the clouds over- 
head. They were painted black under- 
neath, designating them as Chinese planes. 
There we were on a Japanese boat loaded 
with Japanese refugees. What could make 
a better target? I must admit I had a bad 
moment until it was discovered that they 
were Japanese planes camouflaged as Chi- 
nese planes! Even their own boats didn't 
recognize them at first. 

About that time the ship's officers must 
have thought it safer to face the typhoon 
than the possible bombs, so we pulled an- 
chor and sailed at noon. The rest of the 
trip was rather uneventful except for a 
shortage of water, and the men having to 

Refucees at a station as we returned from 

shave widi water from a drinking glass! 

We disembarked at Nagasaki, and took 
the train to Tokyo and Nikko and then to 
Yokohama, where we sailed August 19, for 
home. At Vancouver we were met and in- 
terviewed by the press, who later referred 
to us as the first refugees to arrive from the 
war zone. Until this time we had not 
thought of ourselves in such terms. How- 
ever it was an experience I will never for- 
get, and I wouldn't take anything for it. 

An Alumna in China 

(Editor's Note: The following excerpts from letters written to Frances Murrell Rickards, '10. 
by Alma Booth Taylor, '11, and her husband, Dr. Harry B. Taylor, are reprinted by permission 
of Mrs. Rickards. Their daughter, Helen, is a sophomore of Sweet Briar.) 

Kuling American School, 

October 14, 1937. 

.Never have I felt so deeply the 
tragedy of believing in war, believing that 
war is a sane method of settling differences. 
Japan must be stopped from killing her 
neighbor, but not by killing Japan, but 
by making it impossible for her to fight. 
Economic sanctions come as near doing 
this as anything the world so far has 
seemed to devise. But economic sanctions 
will work hardship, on everyone around 
the whole wide world, and it is here that 
we have to know that when one brother 
suffers we all suffer. Sooner or later we 
shall have to devise some means by which 
the wealthv nations share with the weaker 
ones, those that have with those that have 
not. It will take the brains of all the 
wisest to do this task. By what means wall 
Great Britain and America with others be 
able to bring more abundant life for the 
nations of the earth? Or shall we find 
ourselves involved in another world war? 
Surely we must answ T er NEVER!" 

Alma Booth Taylor, '11. 

Anking, China, November 13, 1937. 

"I found Anking very much alarmed 
by the air raids, of which there had been 
two. Many people had left the city, shops 
were closed. Soon, however, many recov- 
ered confidence and things are going along 
now as normally as possible under war 
conditions. My first experience of an air 
raid came on October 6. We had had 
many alarms — most disturbing things, as 
schools stop, people are terrified and go 
to dug-outs, lights go out and all work, 
more or less stops — and when this one 
sounded we were about to operate on a 
bad mastoid case. Some suggested waiting 
a bit, but we started, as work has to be 
done, air raids or no air raids. Unfortu- 
nately I quickly punctured the sinus, as 
the bone was soft and the vein in an un- 
usual place, but I controlled the gush and 
went ahead. Just about then we heard the 
Jap planes and the explosion of bombs 
shook the windows badly. The staff wanted 
to stop then and there, but of course we 
couldn't, so feeling that "underneath are 
the everlasting arms," I said in Chinese, 

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March, 1938 

'Those bombs are not marked with our 
names" and we went on. The din was 
terrific, rifles, machine guns and anti-air 
craft guns were going off all around and 
soon again came the boom of more bombs 
and the rattle of our windows. The staff 
again wished to stop but we persisted. The 
din grew louder and we could see from 
our windows four Jap planes speeding 
northwest. The raid was over, the opera- 
tion was soon over too, but the little girl 
had missed all the excitement!" 

"We have had numerous alarms since 
then, three on some days, and two more 
raids. During the first I was on the river 
bank, waiting to meet Alma and Lloyd 
Craighill (from Lynchburg, Virginia) who 
came down for a week's visit, and I had a 
good view of the raiders, four planes 
about 8,000 feet high. They came on 
over the city and I was afraid we were 
in for it. Anti-aircraft guns began firing. 
We could hear the dull boom and then 

see the burst of white smoke way up 
in the air but well below the speeding 
planes. They were much too high to aim 
their bombs accurately and it was dis- 
tinctly unpleasant to think that perhaps 
at any minute they might release bombs 
that would bring death and destruction 
all around us. Three times they circled 
over the city and three times came the 
feeling of absolute impotence and of lean- 
ing heavily on God's protecting care. At 
last only one was left. A shell burst just 
below it and many thought it had been 
hit as it seemed to drop, but instead of 
being hit it sailed over the air field and 
dropped bombs on its way to Shanghai. 
The next day we were visited again and 
many bombs dropped on and near the 
air field. This time a farm house was 
struck and set on fire, luckily with no loss 
of life. This was Alma's first experience 

of bombing." 

Harry B. Taylor. 

Library Popular At Sweet Briar 

Students Spending More Time There This 
Semester Than Last Year 

1 HE STUDENTS of Sweet Briar College 
have spent 9,062 more hours in the college 
library this year dian they had done at the 
corresponding time last year, according to 
a report on the first semester just issued by 
the Mary Helen Cochran Library. Since 
the opening of college, the 450 students 
spent 61,378 hours in the library, as com- 
pared with 52,316 for the first semester of 
last year. To this year's total must be 
added also 1,404 hours of Sunday attend- 
ance, which cannot be compared with last 
year as, prior to the 1937-38 session, the 
library was not kept open on Sunday. 

Average hourly attendance, which was 
47.37 for the first semester last year, has 
been 64.27 for this past semester. During 
the midyear examinations, which were com- 
pleted last week, the average hourly attend- 
ance jumped from 75.93 last year to 83.98 
this year and the average daily attendance 
for the midyear examination period, based 
on the total of hourly counts, was 839.5 

students,. This increase is part of a general 
trend which has been apparent in the li- 
brary for some years, occasioned perhaps 
in part by an increase in reading courses 
requiring greater use of reference and re- 
serve books, but it is much more marked 
this year than in the past. 

The library report also shows that 10 
o'clock in the morning and 3 o'clock in the 
evening were the heaviest hours for library 
attendance and October and January the 
heaviest months. More books were with- 
drawn from the library during October and 
November dian at other times in the first 
semester and books of English literature 
led all other classifications in withdrawals. 
History came second, and sociology and 
economics third. Other popular classifica- 
tions were classical literature, fine arts, 
biography and fiction. Fewer books of 
Oriental literature were taken out of die 
library than any other classification. 

Lynchburg News, February 9, 1938. 

March, 1938 

Alumnae News 

Alumnae Clubs 

fc/VERY so often we, as alumnae headquarters, can contain ourselves no longer and 
simpl) must burst forth and point with pride to our alumnae clubs. You are the 
justification of our existence, and never before have we fell so alive, so progressive. 
To show the proper appreciation for all the interest, amazing energy, and continued 
support of oldsters and newsters alike is difficult: but we do want to thank in this 
printed fashion each individual alumna whose help has insured the well-being of her 
Club and her Association. 

For those of you who are seeking new ideas and new ways of expressing your 
lo\ alty to Sweet Briar College, we offer as suggestions the varied money-raising 
projects and programs now in effect in some of our seventy-five alumnae clubs. 

Albany, New York 

Though the group is small, the Albany Club 
celebrated Sweet Briar Day at the borne of Alice 
Tucker Jones Taylor, chairman for the day. The 
meeting was a success, and it is encouraging to 
note that although numbers are few, the spirit is 
Amherst. Virginia 

Amherst Sweet Briar Day was celebrated by a 
tea at the home of Gertrude Kingsley Whitehead. 
Presiding at the tea table were the hostess, Mary 
Hesson, president of the Club, and Bertha Pfister 
Wailes. Plans for the spring program were dis- 
cussed, and it was decided to hold a bridge party 
for the benefit of the college library. The party 
was held in the home of Mrs. S. M. G. Wills of 
Amherst and about twenty-five tables were in play. 
Amherst is a small club but a lively one and 
should be congratulated for the fine work they 
are doing. 
Asheville, North Carolina 

Louise Z. Rogers was chairman of a luncheon 
held on Sweet Briar Day in Asheville. A grand 
time remembering "'when" was held by Eleanor 
Ringer, Sophie S'ephens Martin, Hallet Gubel- 
man, and Louise Rogers. 
Atlanta, Georcia 

Teresa W. Atkinson again took over Sweet Briar 
Day for the Atlanta Club this year. The meeting 
was held at the Capital City Club in Atlanta and 
was most successful. 
Aucusta, Georgia 

This small club was unable to arrange a get- 
together for Sweet Briar Day according to Logan 
Phinizy, chairman. However, the alumnae plan 
to have a Sweet Briar Day of their own sometime 
this spring and we know this meeting will be a 
very successful one. 
Austin, Texas 

This Club, although small in numbers, is well- 
known for its interest in Sweet Briar. They plan 
again this year to entertain at a tea for all ex- 
studer-ts of Sweet Briar who are now attending the 

University of Texas. Hallie Orr Barton is chair- 
man for the affair. 

Baltimore, Maryland 

Margaret Koch Swanson was chairman for the 
Sweet Briar Day meeting of the Baltimore Club. 
At this meeting Dorothy Price and Peggy Harris 
were elected president and secretary respectively. 
The Club is deep in plans for their spring proj- 
ects, one of which will be the showing of campus 
films to interested parents, prospective students, 
and alumnae. 

Boston, Massachusetts 

At the Sweet Briar Day luncheon of the Boston 
Club. Langhorne Watts Austen was elected presi- 
dent. At this meeting the problem of raising 
funds was discussed, and the Club decided to 
offer for sale autographed copies of "Confucius 
Said It First" and "Selected Pearls of Wisdom" 
by the eminent Chinese scholar and diplomat. Dr. 
Tehyi Hsieh. The money raised from the sale of 
these books will go directly to the worthy cause 
of Chinese orphanages, and the commission re- 
ceived by the Boston Club will go to buy more 
books for our own Sweet Briar Library. Congrat- 
ulations to the Boston Club for this timely under- 
taking and all good wishes for its success. Later 
in the spring a benefit bridge is planned, and we 
hope it will be as well-attended and prosperous 
as it has been in former years. 


Traveling a hundred miles down the coast of 
California is mere child's play to our California 
alumnae who met on the terrace of the Del Mar 
Hotel at Del Mar, California, to enjoy a delight- 
ful chat and luncheon on Sweet Briar Day. Mil- 
dred K. Featherston, chairman of festivities for 
Los Angeles, and La Verne McGee Olney. chair- 
man for the Coronado district, pooled their in- 
terests and rounded up Margaret Spengel Runge. 
Marie Steinman (in Los Angeles for a visit), and 
Helen Keys Rollow for the get-together in the 
town of Bing Crosby's summer race track. Too 
bad it was winter, girls. Or was it? 

Sweet Briar College 

March, 1938 

Sweet Briar Day in California 

Mildred K. Featherston, x-'23, LaVerne Mc- 

Gee Olney, '23, Margaret Spengel Runge, '21, 

Helen Keys Rollow, x-'28, Julie Marje 

Steinman, x-'24. 

charleston, west virginia 

Sweet Briar Day was celebrated by a luncheon 
at the Tally-Ho by the Charleston Club. Laura 
Virginia Bobbitt was in charge of arrangements 
and planned a most interesting meeting. 

Charlotte, North Carolina 

Sweet Briar Day in Charlotte was marked by a 
highly successful luncheon at which time plans foi 
a benefit picnic during the college spring vacation, 
the last of March, were discussed. Nancy Nalle 
was chairman for the day and judging from the 
number attending, she did an excellent job of it. 

Charlottesville, Virginia 

A picnio luncheon was a ncvel feature of Sweet 
Briar Day in Charlottesville. Dorothy Smith 
Berkeley entertained the Club at "Rocklands," her 
home, and a grand time was had by all. 

Chattanooga, Tennessee 

On December first the Chattanooga alumnae 
entertained at a luncheon in honor of Vivienne 
Barkalow Breckenridge. The meeting was a big 
success, and the alumnae as well as the alumnae 
office benefited from the informal discussion which 
was held. Sweet Briar Day was celebrated by a 
luncheon at the Chattanooga Coffee Shoppe. Jane 
Shelton was chairman. 

Chicago, Illinois 

Julia Sadler de Coligny, president of the Chi- 
cago Club, has been making a great effort this 
year to perfect a stronger and more closely knit 
organization of Elinois alumnae. Before the first 
meeting in the fall, Julia sent out a questionnaire 
to all alumnae on her list. Personal history, suit- 
able time and place for meetings, programs and 
benefits were all down for discussion, and the 
response has been large and gratifying. A 
luncheon was held at the Normandy House on 
Sweet Briar Day and was well-attended. Mary 
Dearing Lewis was chairman of the event. On 
January nineteenlh, the Club entertained President 
Glass at a tea held at the Woman's Athletic Club. 

Miss Glass spoke briefly to the alumnae and 

brought news of changes in Sweet Briar life. 

Plans for the spring give every indication ot a 
very active program. 

Cincinnati, Ohio 

The Cincinnati Club under the leadership of 
Margaret Nelson Lloyd has found the raffling of 
quilts so satisfactory for raising money that they 
again undertook this project during the fall. The 
alumnae meet one day a month at different homes; 
and two quilts go to the winner of the raffle. The 
quilts are the "friendship plume" — peach ap- 
plique on white, scalloped edge, peach back. 
Sweet Briar Day was planned and arranged by 
Mildred Bushey Scherr and Mary McDiarmid 
Serodino, and consisted of a luncheon held at the 
Cincinnati Country Club This active club is 
W'Orking on an interesting new project which they 
hope to be able to announce early next fall. Best 
wishes to you all for the success of this new 
Cleveland, Ohio 

"Daisy Dolls" are still playing a big part in 
the Club activities in Cleveland, and keep the 
members increasingly busy trying to meet the de- 
mand. The dolls come in many pastel shades and 
are dressed in the fashion of Daisy's time. For 
those of you who are not familiar with these 
dolls, it is interesting to note that by reversing 
Daisy's skirts, Signora, Daisy's colored nurse, ap- 
pears with red bandana and all. On December 
fourth a breakfast dance was held at the Hermit 
Club in Cleveland. This means of raising funds 
has proven very popular and lucrative in that 
section of the country and has become an annual 
project with the Club. A successful Sweet Briar 
Day was held under the direction of Margaret 
Mierke Rossiter at which time plans for spring 
were discussed. The Cleveland Club has always 
been one of our most active Sweet Briar centers, 
and this year has been and will be a red letter 
year in interest, enthusiasm and support. Con- 
gratulations to Loma Weber Dowding, their presi- 
dent and best wishes to the Club for the success 
of their spring program. 

Denver, Colorado 

Though a small group, our Colorado alumnae 
have been amazingly energetic this year, and are 
indeed to be congratulated for their activities. 
Sweet Briar Day was celebrated by a luncheon 
meeting held at the Denver Country Club. 
Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridge was guest of 
honor. As their money-raising project this year 
the Club sponsored a series of four dramatic 
readings by Louise Mullens. The readings were 
given at the Capitol Life Building in Denver and 
began in January. The last program was given 
on March ninth. A large list of patronesses in- 
sured the success of the project, which was un- 
usually popular. 

Detroit, Michigan 

Gertrude Geer Bassett, as chairman of the De- 
troit alumnae for Sweet Briar Day, arranged a 

March, 1938 

Alumnae News 

very successful luncheon which was held at J. L. 
Hudson's. Detroit is one of our smaller Sweet 
Briar centers, and it is very encouraging to 
watch the growth and interest among these al- 

Washington, D. C. 

Kuth Hemon Wenzel has heen leading the 
Washington Club in a very active program this 
year. The first meeting was held in October and 
since then every alumna has been energetically 
supporting the projects for the year. The fall 
money-raising program consisted of a series of 
vanishing bridge parties, which in former years, 
as this year have proven a very satisfactory start 
for an active season. Sweet Briar Day was cele- 
brated by a tea at the A. A. U. W. Club House. 
On January twenty-eighth the Club entertained 
the officers of the Association and members of the 
Council at a large tea in the home of Elizabeth 
Franke Balls. The Club was fortunate also to 
have as its guest, Dabney S. Lancaster, executive 
secretary of the Board of Overseers of the college. 
Mr. Lancaster spoke briefly about his work at 
Sweet Briar. The Club is now in the midst of 
planning a choreography performance for their 
spring college benefit. The Sweet Briar dance 
group under the direction of Miss Nora Staael, 
instructor of the dance at Sweet Briar, is being 
taken to Washington to give a benefit performance 
at the Wardman Park Hotel on April twentieth. 
Janetta Fitzhugh Evans is in charge of arrange- 
ments, and the affair promises to be a huge 

Huntington, West Virginia 

Mary Jane Jones was elected president of the 
Huntington Club at a tea held on Sweet Briar 
Day. This club is one of our smaller ones, but 
their energy and interest is very gratifying to this 

Indianapolis, Indiana 

Indiana alumnae celebrated Sweet Briar Day 
with a luncheon at the Woodstock Club. Ar- 
rangements were made by Sally Ueahard and the 
meeting was very successful. Spring plans of 
this club are now being worked out and the 
program promises to be both interesting and 

Kansas City, Missouri 

This Club has enjoyed a most active and in- 
teresting year so far. Sweet Briar Day was cele- 
brated by a luncheon meeting at the University 
Club under the chairmanship of Genevieve Howell. 
On January seventh, the Kansas City Club en- 
tertained at a large tea in honor of Vivienne 
Barkalow Breckenridge. The tea was held in the 
home of Josephine Heid Stubbs. Plans for their 
spring program are now being formulated and 
we look forward with much interest to hearing 
about them. 

Louisville, Kentucky 

On December third the Louisville Club enter- 
tained at a large tea in honor of Mrs. Bernice 

D. Lill. registrar of the college. Ida Walker 
Castncr was the hostess and Jane Carolhers 
Clarke assisted. Several prospective s.udenls and 
parents were present, and Mrs. Lill enjoyed this 
real opportunity to answer questions and speak 
informally to an interested group. 

Lynchburg, Virginia 

Pauline Langford Payne as chairman of the 
Lynchburg Club activities for Sweet Briar Day, 
arranged a luncheon at Jenny's Tea Shop. Presi- 
dent Glass was guest of honor and the meeting 
was a big success. The Club plans to hold its 
usual benefit bridge for its spring project. 

Memphis, Tennessee 

Over forty members of the Memphis Club at- 
tended a large tea given in honor of Vivienne 
Barkalow Breckenridge in early December. Your 
secretary spoke briefly on present day Sweet Briar, 
and the enthusiasm and interest of this club was 
most gratifying. Nar Warren Taylor was in 
charge of arrangements. 

Miami, Florida 

The Miami alumnae elected Alice Garth Estill, 
president at their Sweet Briar Day luncheon held 
on the Columbus Hotel Boof. Plans for future 
meetings this year were discussed and it was de- 
cided to concentrate on bringing Sweet Briar be- 
fore the community more forcefully. 

New York, New York 

At the Sweet Briar Day meeting of the New 
York Club, the following officers were elected: 
Elizabeth (Jerry) Johnston, president; Elizabeth 
Scheuer, vice-president; Hetty Wells Finn, treas- 
urer; and Geneva Crossman Stevens, secretary. 
The meeting was held at Therese Worthington 
Grant's and Judy Bemis. a present senior at the 
college, spoke informally on campus and college 
changes. This Club was the first of our clubs 
to undertake the study plan offered by the college 
and already counts many Alumnae Uepresentatives 
on Admission among its numbers. There will be 
new group of alumnae who hope to take the 
examination given by the college again this year. 
Those girls who took the examination last year 
have gone out to New York schools frequency 
and have helped the college by creating interest 
and contacts in metropolitan New York. 

Northern New Jersey Club 

A new plan for meetings has been undertaken 
this year by the Northern New Jersey Club. Be- 
cause of the wide area from which this Club 
draws its membership, the northern part of the 
state has been divided into seven sections, each 
headed by a sectional secretary. The plan this 
year is to hold the meetings in different sec- 
tions so that a wider group of alumnae will be 
able to participate in at least one meeting a 
year. At the fall meeting of the Club, money- 
raising plans were discussed, and it was decided 
lo follow the same successful course of last year. 
This method of raising funds is particularly sat- 


Sweet Briar College 

March, 1938 

isfactory for the Northern New Jersey group as 
it is easy for every alumna to co-operate no 
matter where she lives. The grand chawing for 
the prize was held on Sweet Briar Day when the 
Club met at the Glen Ridge Country Club for 
luncheon and bridge. Early in December Alice 
Swain Zell, who has recently returned to this 
country after ten years on the continent, enter- 
tained club members and their, husbands at an 
"Open House Evening " Old contacts were re- 
newed and interest in the Club and its activities 
has reached a 
new high. Mov- 
ies, bridge, back- 
gammon, bil- 
liards, and a va- 
riety of enter- 
tainment was of- 
fered by the hos- 
tess, and the eve- 
ning was an un- 
qualified success. 
Northern New 
Jersey i s also 
one of our clubs 
that has been 
working on the 
study plan for 
Alumnae Repre- 
sentatives on Ad- 
mission, and they 
expect to be ex- 
amined early in 
the spring. Al- 
ready several of 
the club mem- 
bers have visited 
schools and 
opened new con- 
tacts for Sweet 
Briar. Our best 
wishes go to this 
energetic club. 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

The ever-active Philadelphia Club started off 
its new Sweet Briar year by availing itself of the 
opportunity presented by the Army-Navy foot- 
ball game for raising money. The plan was a big 
success financially and created much enthusiasm 
among the members. Their Sweet Briar Day 
meeting, under the direction of Margaret Moore 
Schilling, was we'1-attended and particularly in- 
teres'ing due to the presence of Dr. Mary Harley 
and Dean Emily Dutton. Miss Dutton spoke 
informally, giving bits of news about the col- 
lege. Spring plans are now under way with a 
tea for prospective students and their mothers 
planned for April sixth, at 'he Women's Univer- 
sity Club. An alumna guest speaker will de- 
scribe the life at Sweet Briar and answer any 
questions raised. The Club has been informally 
working on the Sweet Briar study plan sent to 
them last fall, and while they are not yet ready 
for the examination, great progress is being 

made toward this end. The president of this 
energetic club is Elmyra Pennypacker Coxe. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

The Pittsburgh Club has this year adopted 
plans of meeting at the College Club and having 
outside speakers as guests at the meetings The 
annual Sweet Briar Day luncheon was planned 
and arranged by Harriet Wilson McCaslin and 
was well attended. The Club is now working on 

its spring pro- 
gram, and they 
plan to give a 
theater benefit, 
taking over "Au- 
tumn Crocus" at 
the little theatre 
for one night. 
The Club will 
maintain a candy 
table, and the 
program will be 
a souvenir of the 
evening, giving a 
brief history as 
well as pictures 
of the college. 
Betsy Williams is 
in charge of ar- 
rangements and 
Catherine Cordes 
Kline is in charge 
of the program. 
This is the only 
project of its 
kind that we have 
heard of for this 
year, and the 
Club has our 
heartiest wishes 
for its success. 
New officers of 
McCaslin, presi- 

Courtesy of the Jersey Life Magazine 

Officers of the Northern New Jersey Club 
From left to right: Lucille Bond Pendleton, '34, 
Natalie Sidman Smith, '29, Gladys Wester 

Horton, "30, and Pace Bird Woods, '28. 

the Club are: Harriet Wilson 
dent; and Betty Guy Tranter, 

Richmond, Virginia 

For their fall project, the Richmond Club spon- 
sored two evening lectures at the Woman's Club. 
Mrs. Howard of Washington was the speaker and 
discussed current events. The Club also held its 
usual Thanksgiving turkey project. Sweet Briar 
Day was celebrated by a luncheon at the John 
Marshall Hotel. Miss Caroline Sparrow, profes- 
sor of history at the college, and Elizabeth Taylor 
Valentine, our Association president, were honor 
guests. Agnes Crawford was in charge of ar- 
rangements and the meeting was most successful. 
Spring plans call for a dance and a rummage 
sale; and the Club has our best wishes for these 
Roanoke, Virginia 

Claudine Griffin Holcomb, chairman of Sweet 
Briar Day for the Roanoke Club, arranged a 
very successful tea. The meeting was well at- 

March, 19.18 

Alumnae News 


Active Members of Pittsburgh Club 
Standing left to right: Betty McCrady Bard- 
well, '30; Janet Nicholson, x-"34. Seated left 
to right: Betsy Williams, '30; Dorothy McKee 
Abney. "26. 

tended and plans for the spring 
now underway. 

program are 

St. Louis, Missouri 

At the fall meeting of the St. Louis Club, Jane 
White Burton was elected president, and Suzanne 
Mackay, treasurer. On November thirtieth this 
Club entertained at a large tea in honor of Mrs. 
Bernice D. Lill, registrar of the college. The 
tea was held in the home of Suzanne Mackay 
and about forty people attended, including mothers 
of St. Louis students, alumnae and alumnae 

mothers. A Sweel Briar Day bridge par'y was 
arranged by Catherine Mitchell Itavenscroft, 


given as 


>l Sweel Briar 


u ai- 

and an 

Tidewater, Virginia 

The Norfolk Club celebrated Sweel Briar Day 
with a luncheon at the Town Club. 
ments were made by Marjorie Wing. 


Roper, a present student, spoke on the academic 
and social life at Sweet Briar, and the meeting 
was a big success. 

Toledo, Ohio 

Sweet Briar Day was celebrated in Toledo this 
year by a luncheon at the Toledo Woman's Club. 
The meeting was very successful and later on in 
the same week a tea was given in honor of pros- 
pective students and their parents. Movies of the 
campus were shown and questions about Sweet 
Briar were answered. Present plans indicate a 
very active spring for this club. New officers 
of the Club are: Mary Lorraine Himes, presi- 
dent; and Emilie Jasperson Bayha, secretary- 

Twin-City Club 

Sweet Briar Day activities in the Twin-Cities 
were in charge of the president of the Club, Mu- 
riel Fossum Pesek. Other officers of the Club 
are Isobel Barton Morse, secretary, and Virginia 
Carpenter Ellertson, treasurer. The spring pro- 
gram of this Club promises to be a very active one 
although the Club is one of the smaller ones in 
the Association. 

Wilmington, Delaware 

It is always a pleasure to announce the forma- 
tion of a new alumnae club, and this year our 
congratulations go to the alumnae of Wilmington, 
Delaware and vicinity. The first meeting was a 
very successful tea and Evelyn Molly Bradshaw 
was elected chairman for Sweet Briar Day with 
Frances Sellars Schneider to assist. Although no 
officers have been elected as yet. Polly Bissell 
Ridler is permanent chairman; and the group 
is definitely alive. 

Alumnae Representatives On Admission 

1 wo YEARS ago at the suggestion of 
Susan Jelley of the class of 1928, at that 
time president of the New York Alumnae 
Club, a proposal for a series of lessons 
about Sweet Briar College was brought to 
the attention of the administration. The 
purpose of this plan was to keep all in- 
terested alumnae and alumnae clubs well- 
informed about the academic and com- 
munity life of the college so that they 
might intelligently and officially represent 
the college at secondary school functions 

and thus create and maintain contacts vital 
to the well-being of the college. 

As a result, the registrar's office, the de- 
partment of public relations, the alumnae 
office, and Susan Jelley worked out to- 
gether a special survey, covering informa- 
tion of value to prospective students. This 
has been set up in the form of a study 
course which has already been tried out in 
three of our large clubs and has proved 
itself such a worthwhile project that the 
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Sweet Briar College 

March, 1938 

Report of The Nominating Committee 

The Nominating Committee takes pleas- 
ure in presenting the following candidates 
for officers and members of the Council of 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. The 
election will take place by mail ballot dur- 
ing the latter part of May. 

For President: 

Louise Hammond, '19 (Mrs. Frederic 
H. Skinner, Newport News, Virginia). 
While a student at Sweet Briar, Louise was 
elected to membership in the Rippler Chap- 
ter of Paint and Patches. She was presi- 
dent of her senior class and that same 
year she was on the cabinet of "V , W. C. A. 
Since leaving college Louise has been 
active in a variety of community interests. 
She has been on the board of the Y. W. 
C. A. and the Parent-Teachers Association. 
In the summer of 1934 she took her little 
girl and went to Mr. Worthington's Camp 
as a Counselor. At present she is vice- 
president of the Communitv Concert As- 
sociation. Perhaps her greatest interest in 
outside activities lies in her work with the 
Garden Club. At one time or another she 
has been chairman of all of its committees ; 
she is now serving her second term as 
president of the Hampton Roads Garden 
Club, which has recently been taken into 
the Garden Club of Virginia. She has be- 
come so proficient in the art of flower 
arrangement that she gives informal talks 
to Garden Clubs on the subject. 

Isabel Webb, '20 (Mrs. Howard Luff, 
Cleveland, Ohio). While a student at 
Sweet Briar Isabel was treasurer of her 
class in '19 and the treasurer of Student 
Government Association in '20. Since leav- 
ing college Isabel has taken an active part 
in the welfare work of the city in which 
she was living, always a member of the 
Community Chest Committee. While in 
Youngstown she was a member of the 
Building and Equipment Committee of the 
Youngstown Y. W. C. A. Camp in '28 and 
'29. After moving to Cleveland she was 
elected secretary of the Alumnae Club in 

'34, and has twice served as president of 
the Club in '35 and '36. In May '36 she 
was elected vice-president of the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Association. 

For First Vice-President: 

Henrietta Crump, '17, Richmond, Vir- 
ginia. Henrietta was treasurer of her class 
her junior year. That year she was also 
associate editor of the Briar Patch, stage 
manager for the Final Play, and was 
elected to membership in the Merry Jester 
Chapter of Paint and Patches. Her senior 
year she was vice-president of the class, 
secretary of Merry Jester, and a member 
of the Current Events Club. On leaving 
Sweet Briar she became private secretary 
to Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman, a posi- 
tion which she still holds. She has been 
active in church and civic organizations; 
in the Little Theatre League; and is at 
present a Girl Scout examiner in journal- 
ism; and by proxy for Dr. Freeman a Boy 
Scout examiner in journalism and civics. 
During several summers she was a coun- 
selor at Camp Tahoma in New Hampshire. 
In the list of acknowledgments in Dr. Free- 
man's '"Robert E. Lee"' he praises the ac- 
curacy and ability of his "secretary and 
chief copyist." Henrietta has been active 
and held various offices in the Richmond 
Alumnae Club. 

Jeanette Boone, '27, Sweet Briar, Vir- 
ginia. While a student here Dan held the 
following offices: Class treasurer '24 and 
'25: A. A. Executive '25, '26 and presi- 
dent of A. A. '27; Executive Committee of 
Student Drive '26 and '27; business man- 
ager Briar Patch '26 and a member of Tau 
Phi. From '31-'34 Dan was assistant in the 
office of the registrar: in '34-'35 she was 
acting registrar and at present she is as- 
sistant registrar. Dan was a member of the 
Council from '28-30 and was treasurer of 
the association in '32. For the past two 
years she has been a member of the 

March, 1938 

Alumnae News 


For Second Vice-President: 

To be elected h\ (he present senior class. 
For Members of the Council: 

Five to be elected. 

Alice Swain. "1 1 i Mrs. Alice Swain /ell, 
Morristown, New Jersey.) While a stu- 
dent at Sweet Briar Alice held the follow- 
ing offices: vice-president of her class 
both her sophomore and junior years; 
these same years she was on the Athletic 
Committee: in her sophomore year she 
was secretary-treasurer of the Debating 
Club: on the Briar Patch staff her junior 
year and in her senior year she was presi- 
dent of Athletics and also treasurer of her 
class. In 1916-17 she was president of the 
Alumnae Association. Before going abroad 
to live she was a member of the Junior 
League of the Oranges, a member of the 
Woman's Club there and the secretary of 
the Orange Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. 
She studied under Mary Richmond at the 
Russel Sage Foundation and was the sec- 
retary of the Bureau of Associated Char- 
ities. After ber marriage she moved to 
Paris to live and has recently returned 
from Budapest, her last foreign residence, 
to live in America. She was a member of 
the Board of Managers of the Hungarian 
Save the Children Fund. She translated 
the reports of the board into English for 
the Child Welfare Department of the 
League of Nations. During her stay abroad 
she planned the curricular for her daugh- 
ters who were taught at home. Since re- 
turning to Morristown she has taken an 
active part in the Alumnae Club of North- 
ern New Jersey. 

Mary Bissel, 17 (Mrs. Earl Ridler, Bel- 
levue, Delaware.) Polly was identified 
with the following activities during her ca- 
reer at Sweet Briar: Member of the German 
Club in her freshman year ; house president 
'16; Y. W. C. A. Cabinet '16-'17: business 
manager Briar Patch '16; president senior 
class '17: treasurer Student Government 
'17, and president of the Science Club '17. 
After graduating from Sweet Briar Polly 
became a chemist for the City of Cleveland 
in their analytical laboratory: following 
two vears there she was associated, as chem- 

ist, in the Granelli Chemical Company in 
Cleveland. Since her marriage in 1922. 
she iias been active in the Parent-Teachers 
Association, she has worked for the Gar- 
den Club and at one time was presi- 
dent of the Window Box Garden Club 
of Cleveland; and she was a member 
of the College Club in Cleveland. She 
has always been active in the Cleveland 
Alumnae Club. In 1936 she moved with 
her husband and four children to Wilming- 
ton, Delaware, where she became a mem- 
ber of the A. A. U. W. and continued her 
work with the Parent-Teachers Associa- 
tion. This fall she organized the new 
Alumnae Club of Wilmington. 

Florence Freeman, 19 [Mrs. Gerard S. 
Fowler.) Flo was vice-president of her 
class in her sophomore year and that year 
she also became a member of the Merry 
Jester Chapter of Paint and Patches; she 
was vice-president of the class in '18, and 
this same year she was art editor of the 
Briar Patch and secretary of the Athletic 
Association: she was president of the Ath- 
letic Association in '19. Due to the en- 
forced absence of Miss Gascoigne, head 
of the Athletic Department, Flo returned 
tu Sweet Briar for _ix weeks in the fall 
of 1919 to start the work in athletics and 
was again on campus in the spring of 1920, 
when she coached the May Day pageant. 
For several summers she was physical di- 
rector and head counselor at Camp Mystic, 
Connecticut. For two years she studied 
art in the New York School of Fine and 
Applied Art from which she graduated. 
Besides directing the musical education of 
her only son she has organized the Sweet 
Briar in Westchester Alumnae Club and 
was its first president. Since the forma- 
tion of the Alumnae Fund, Flo has been 
her Class Agent. 

Isabel Luke, '19 (Mrs. T. Foster Witt, 
Richmond. Virginia.) While a student at 
Sweet Briar Isabel was a member of the 
Rippler Chapter of Paint and Patches; 
also vice-president of Student Government 
Association ; secretary of the class in 1918, 
and secretary of Student Government 
in 1919, and debating captain that same 
vear. In addition to her home duties as 


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the mother of five children Isabel has been 
active in church and civic organizations. 
She has served as a member of the Rich- 
mond Tuberculosis Society and of the In- 
structive Visiting Nurses Association; she 
has always taken an active part in the 
Richmond Alumnae Club. 

Catherine Cordes, '21 (Mrs. Arthur B. 
Kline, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) While a 
student here Kate held the following offices: 
Class secretary '20, staff of the Sweet Briar 
Magazine '20, Briar Patch staff '20, presi- 
dent Dramatic Association '21. She has 
been active in the Pittsburgh Alumnae 
Club ever since it started, being a charter 
member and the first secretary of the club. 
She was the president from '22-'24. From 
'23-'26 she was a member of the faculty 
of the Winchester School; she has held 
offices in that Alumnae Association and has 
been a member of the Permanent Com- 
mittee and is now a member of the Execu- 
tive Committee and chairman of the Schol- 
arship Fund of die New Winchester Thurs- 
ton Alumnae Asociation. She is a past- 
president of the Saint Hilda guild. For 
the past four years she has been the Class 
Agent for the Sweet Briar Alumnae Fund 
and for the past two years she has been 
a member of the Council. 

Gertrude Dally, '22 (Mrs. Adrain M. 
Massie, Bronxville, New York. ) Gert was 
vice-president of her class in '20 and "22; 
secretary of Student Government Associa- 
tion '21 ; A. A. Executive '21 and '22. Gert 
taught at the Marot Junior College '23. 
While living in Pittsburgh she was vice- 
president of the Alumnae Club and was 
active in the Y. W. C. A., Red Cross and 
Community Chest. She has spent two years 
at Carnegie Institute of Technology study- 
ing Music. Psychology and Economics. 
From '32-'34 she was a member of the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Council. In '35 she 
was assistant chairman of the Alumnae 

Anne Harrison Shepherd, '28 (Mrs. John 
L. Lewis, Jr., Williamsburg, Virginia.) In 
her senior year Anne was vice-president 
of Y. W. C. A.; a member of Tau Phi and 
Paint and Patches: and belonged to both 
the International Relations Club and the 

French Club. Since leaving Sweet Briar 
she has continued her interest in the drama 
and was a member of the Fredericksburg 
Drama Club. She has always taken an 
active part in church and civic work first 
in Fredericksburg, then Richmond and now 
Williamsburg. Prior to her marriage in 
1935 she was one of the assistant buyers 
for Thalhimer's Inc. in Richmond. On 
moving to Williamsburg she has become 
the local chairman of the Children's Home 
Society of Virginia; active in the Red 
Cross; and is a member of the Williams- 
burg Garden Club. She has been an ac- 
tive member of one of the committees con- 
nected with the Williamsburg Restoration. 

Elizabeth Higgins, '32, Cortland, New 
York. Betsy as she is affectionately known 
to her friends was elected to membership 
in Paint and Patches and the choir her 
freshman year; in her sophomore year 
she was treasurer of her class; secretary 
of Paint and Patches; and was a member 
of the International Relations Club and 
the French Club; in her junior year Betsy 
was an executive on Student Government; 
secretary of Paint and Patches; elected to 
Tau Phi; advertising manager of the Sweet 
Briar News; and secretary of the Athletic 
Association; in her senior year she was 
president of Paint and Patches; on Y. W. 
C. A. Cabinet and a member of the Glee 
Club. In October following her gradua- 
tion she opened a book and gift shop; the 
shop remained open for more than two 
years when Betsy ventured into the news- 
paper business and is at present connected 
with the Cortland Standard. She has 
continued her interest in dramatics and is 
a member of the Community Players 

Rachel Forbush, ex-'16 (Mrs. Jared Ir- 
win Wood, Washington, D. C.) In her 
sophomore year Rachel was president of 
Paint and Patches and was a member of 
the Rippler Chapter; vice-president of her 
class; Y. W. C. A. Cabinet; and secretary 
and treasurer of the College Club. In- 
stead of receiving her B. A. at Sweet Briar, 
Rachel graduated from Western Reserve 
Library School in 1916. She continued 
her library work in both Chicago and 

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Washington and became Philippine De- 
partment Librarian for the War Depart- 
ment, living a year in Tientsin, China and 
a year in Manila, which included travel 
in Japan, India, Egypt and Europe. After 
her marriage she carried on a Chinese im- 
porting business: did some book review- 
ing; and directed the Dramatic Clubs at 
Fort Benning and Fort Leavenworth. Fol- 
lowing the death of Major Wood in 1935 
she directed the summer camp for girls 
of the Henry Street Settlement, in West- 
chester County, New York, that winter she 
managed a Dude Ranch in New Mexico. 
Since then she has, with her six-year-old 
son, moved to Washington where she is in 
the process of organizing a research li- 
brary for the Social Security Board. 

Hazel Marshall, Academy (Mrs. Tate 
Boys Sterrett, Hot Springs, Virginia.) 
During her one year at Sweet Briar, Hazel 
was a member of the choir, a member of 
the May Day Committee, and a member of 
the Rippler Chapter of Paint and Patches. 
Although she did not graduate she has 
continued her interest in Sweet Briar and 
at present her daughter is a member of the 

sophomore class. For several years Hazel 
lias been a member of the Hospital Board 
in Hot Springs: a member of the Society 
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 
of New York anil Richmond; she has been 
secretary and treasurer and twice presi- 
dent of the Warm Springs Garden Club 
and is a member of the Garden Club of 
Virginia; she started the Hunt which has 
become known as the Bath County Hounds; 
and for ten years she has been vice-presi- 
dent of the local horse show board; her 
hobby is the raising of thoroughbred 
horses at their farm in Hot Springs; she 
is a past president of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Club of New York City and was 
a member of the executive committee of the 
Alumnae Association in 1916-1917. 

Signed by the Nominating Committee: 
Lorna Weber Dowlinc, '23, Chairman 
Edna Sloan Cole, ex-'20, 
Louise Case McGuire, '18, 
Frances Burnett Mellen, '25, 
Elsetta Gilchrist, '27. 
Vivienne Barkalow Breckenridge, '18, 


"Propaganda In Literature" 

Pro and Con 

With the vogue for forums sweeping the country, the University of Virginia 
through its extension department has organized a series of six such discussions in a 
number of Virginia towns. The audiences average about two hundred; the fee is 
nominal; topics of current interest are discussed; and at the close there is an oppor- 
tunity for questions. 

"Propaganda in Literature"' is the subject debated by Mr. Joseph Dexter Bennett and 
Dr. Carl Y. Connor, both of Sweet Briar's English department. Mr. Bennett declares 
that in these changing times writers even at the expense of their art must give them- 
selves over to what he calls "the social passion" and ally themselves with propaganda 
in a desire to interest, enlighten and influence the public, with definite actions in view. 
Dr. Connor on the other hand holds forth for the stability, sanity and refreshment 
which only pure literature can give and points out the ways in which the bias of pro- 
paganda results not only in the cheapening of literature but the unfair manipulation 
of human thought and feeling. 

Not the least pleasant feature of the evening is the way in which these two friends 
parry one another; Mr. Bennett being accused of gesticulating in a Red Square and 
Dr. Connor of ascending into an ivory tower. Staunton, Culpeper, and Roanoke are 
included in our speakers' itinerary. 


Sweet Briar College 

March, 1938 

May Day at Sweet Briar 

By Margaret Banister, '16 

E/VERY COLLEGE has events around 
which the affections of its ■ students center 
and which continue to mean much to its 
alumnae. At Sweet Briar May Day has 
always been such an event. Probably 
very few of the thousands who have been 
to college here fail to remember with 
pleasure the excitement, the joyousness and 
the beauty of Sweet Briar's May Day. What 
each of us remembers may differ consid- 
ably, for May Day has changed many 
times in details during the history of the 
college; but the spirit of it has always 
remained the same. 

The celebration of May Day began the 
very first year the college opened. The 
idea occurred to some of "the original 
thirty-six" only a few days before the first 
of May, just in time for the quickly elected 
May Queen to get a new dress for the oc- 
casion. Then and for many years after- 
wards the crowning of the Queen and the 
dancing of the May Pole took place in 
the Boxwood Circle and was followed by 
a pageant in the West Dell. By 1926 the 
Boxwood Circle had become too small for 
the celebration and it was moved entirely 
to the West Dell; and later there was a 
period when it was given in the East Dell. 
For ten or twelve years in the early days 
of the college May Day was a community 
celebration in which every student took 
part and wore a costume. Gradually that 
custom died out and in time only the mem- 
bers of the court and those taking part in 
a spoken play were participants in the 
celebration, with the majority of the stu- 
dents in the role of spectators. 

Two years ago it was decided to experi- 
ment with the idea of making May Day 
again a big community festival in which all 
the college would take part, and a com- 
mittee was appointed for that purpose. 
Last year an Elizabethan Festival was 
staged in which not only all the students 
but most of the faculty took part. This 

Queen Vesta 

festival was generally considered a great 
success both from the point of view of the 
effectiveness of its presentation and the 
general enjoyment of the college; and it 
was voted by both students and faculty to 
try out the idea of a community May Day 
another year before making a decision as 
to its permanent adoption. 

Sweet Briar, therefore, is again in the 
midst of preparations for a big spring 
celebration, which this year will take the 
form of a Pan-American Festival. The 
committee considered suggestions for va- 
rious kinds of festivals and settled upon 
this idea because of its timeliness and its 
dramatic possibilities. It was felt that 
with the nations of the two Americas being 
constantly drawn closer together by world 
events and the definite movement for Pan- 
American friendship and goodwill, such 
a festival would have an appropriateness 
which other suggestions lacked. The en- 
tire celebration this year will take place in 
the West Dell and will be a symbolic repre- 
sentation of the conquest of the primitive 
peoples of the two continents by the 
streams of European settlers. It will begin 
with a dramatic scene depicting an Aztec 
ceremonial dance which will be broken up 
by the arrival of the Spanish soldiers un- 
der Cortez. This scene will take place in 
the center of the dell while on each side, 
on the slopes of the dell, will be scenes 

March, 1938 

Aii mnae News 


representing the Indians of North America 
and the Incas of South America. These in 
turn will he pushed back by successive 
streams of European settlers including 
groups representing the Spaniards in St.ulli 
America: the Puritans, Cavaliers, French 
and Dutch in North America. The whole 
of this first part will be a symbolic repre- 
sentation done by means of movement, 
rhythm and song. The climax ol the first 
part of the festival will be a great tableau 
showing all the peoples who have taken 
part in the conquest of the Americas. 

The second part of the festival will con- 
sist of a fiesta in which the games, dances, 

folk songs and customs of various Pan- 
American countries will be depicted. The 
Queen and her court will wear Spanish 
costumes of the early sixteenth century rep- 
resenting the arrival of the. first while 
women of the Western Hemisphere with the 
coming of the Spaniards. The celebration 
will lake place on the morning of May 7 
and will be followed by luncheon served 
out-of-doors, at which will be served food 
typical of different nationalities and sec- 
tions; such as Spanish. Indian, New Eng- 
land, and Virginian. The May Day Horse 
Show and the formal dance will take place 
the preceding afternoon and evening. 

The May Court 

Miss Vesta Murray has been elected 
May Queen, and the three Honor Girls 
elected to serve with her are: Barbara 
Derr, maid of honor; Betty Mead Smartt, 
scepter bearer; and Barbara Fish, garland 
bearer. The Queen and her Honor girls 
have chosen for the May Court, the fol- 
lowing seniors: Imogene Brock, Jessie 
Silvers, Elinor Wilson. Janet Macfarlan. 
Frances Bailey, Sarah Tomlinson, Anne 
Walker, Betty Jane Dail, Janice Wiley, 
Josephine Happ, Sigur Moore; juniors, 

Viola James, Yvonne Leggett, Elizabeth 
Durham, Mary Mackintosh, Jane Parker, 
Mary Treadway, Mary Elizabeth Barge, 
Henrietta Collier, Elizabeth Lockett, Mar- 
tha Fuller, Ethel Hauber, Lois Lear; soph- 
omores, Anne Burr, Margaret Woods, 
Evelyn Williams, Agnes Spencer, Olivia 
Davis, Beth Thomas, Mary Lee Settle. The 
Queen's page will be Dolly Nicholson, and 
freshman pages are Frances Bird and Shir- 
ley Devine. 

Alumnae Representatives On Admission 

[Continued from Page 11) 

Council is desirous of encouraging its 
study in other active Sweet Briar centers. 
This study plan gives in condensed form 
the scholastic and social life of the stu- 
dents and Sweet Briar's position in the 
academic world; our methods of admis- 
sion; our scholarships: a discussion of the 
curricula of the different types of schools 
from which our students are drawn. 

After a thorough individual or group 
drill on this information candidates for 
the honorary title of Alumna Representa- 
tive on Admission are asked to submit to 

a written and an oral examination. These 
examinations, prepared and corrected at 
the college, are administered by Mrs. Ber- 
nice D. Lill, registrar, through special ap- 
pointments with interested clubs. Each 
year the title must be confirmed by re- 

It is hoped that those clubs interested 
in this project will avail themselves of 
this opportunity to be of real service to 
Sweet Briar; and the full co-operation 
of those offices immediatelv concerned with 
this plan of study is assured. 

The Thinking East 

1 wo ideal gift books depicting Old World 
ethics as they tie up with modern times are being 
offered for sale by the Boston Alumnae Club. 

The Books — "Confucius Said It First" and "Se- 
lected Pearls of Wisdom" have enjoyed wide-spread 
comment. M. Gillespie Perkins, religious editor 
of the Boston Herald says of "Confucius Said It 
First," "The author offers a key to a deeper under- 
standing of human nature through Confucius' 
teachings. This book will appeal to students, edu- 
cators, preachers, as well as laymen." Of "Se- 
lected Pearls of Wisdom," Herbert Ramsey of the 
London Times has to say, "A valuable contribution 
to humanity — and veritable treasure trove for all 
sorts and conditions of people who need those 
qualities to help them in their daily tasks." 

The Author — Dr. Tehyi Hsieh (pronounced Ter- 
yee She-ar) is a graduate of Cambridge Univer- 
sity and is the only Chinese member of the Ameri- 
can Branch International Law Association. Long 
in China's diplomatic service in Europe, Asia and 
Australia, he attended the Washington Disarmament 
Conference and was China's first delegate to the 
Williamstown Institute of Politics. Not only a 
statesman but also a scholar, Dr. Hsieh is now 
associated with the Chinese Service Bureau in Bos- 
ton, and has given to the public a remarkable as 
well as timely interpretation of the thinking East. 
Special Feature — Autographed copies. Each 

copy of both books will be personally autographed by Dr. Hsieh. Price — $1.50 per 


How to Order — Send your checks to Mrs. Alice Heald Mays, P. 0. Box 617 Franklin 

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His Excellency Chenctenc T. Wang 

Ambassador for the Republic of China, 

at Washington, D. C. 

Formerly Chinese Prime Minister 

and Minister of Foreign Affairs. 

"Fortune" Wanted ! 

Miss Lucy Crawford has recently given 
to the Mary Helen Cochran Library her 
file of "Fortune." However, there are 
some numbers lacking in this file, and 
Miss Doris Lomer, librarian, is eager to 
complete and maintain "Fortune" as a 
steady and permanent periodical. Because 
the periodical budget does not permit the 
purchase of this magazine, loyal alumnae 
are requested to send their copies to the 
library. Missing in the present file are: 

Volumes 1-10 

Volume 11, Number 1 

Volume 12, Number 1, 4, 5, 6 

Volume 13, Number 1, 3 

Volume 14, Number 6 

Volume 15, Number 3, 6 
All numbers after Volume 15, Number 6 
are lacking. To those of you who are 
subscribers to "Fortune," we earnestly en- 
treat you to help fill up the gaps in our 
present collection and send along the new 
issues as soon as you have finished with 

March, 1938 Alumnae News l'j 

Many New Students Related to Alumnae 
and Undergraduates 

Student Relation Alumna and Undergraduate 

Margaret Scth Anderton Cousin of Ruth Marslon Palmer, Academy 

Lillian Breedlove Cousin of Eunice Pritchett, x-T5 

Elizabeth Blount Niece of Mollie Blount Sledge, x-'14 

Jean Carroll Daughter of Sarah Cansler Carroll, Academy 

Virginia Lee Carson Sister of Martha Carson, x-'40 

Margaret Craighill Cousin of Mary Craighill Kinyoun, '25 

Betty \ ivian Crossman Sister of Geneva Crossman Stevens, '35 

Marion Dailey Sister of Louise Dailey Sturholm, '29 

Eleanor Damgard Sister of Louise Damgard Eichelkraut, x-'37 

Judith Davidson Daughter of Carolyn Gioathmey Davidson, Academy 

Patricia Eaglesfield Daughter of Patty Hobson Eaglesfield, Academy 

Juliet Fisher. Cousin of Molly Talcott, '38 

Decca Gilmer Cousin of Martha Lee Poston, '30 

Cousin of Charlotte Lee Lauck, x-'34 

Cousin of Betty Lee, '40 

Lucy Gordon Niece of Rosalie Baylor, x-'12 

Niece of Elizabeth Baylor, x-'12 

Cynthia Harrison Cousin of Barbara Trigg Brown, Academy 

Elizabeth Harrison Sister of Anne Harrison, '39 

Mary Emory Hill Sister of Frances Beverley Hill, "35 

Nelle Hudgens Daughter of Eleanor Furman Hudgens, Academy 

Niece of Constance Furman Westbrook, '28 

Cousin of Claire Hoyt Gaver, '29 

Cousin of Margaret Hoyt, '40 

Louise Kirk Daughter of Margaret Dalton Kirk, x-'13 

Cousin of Anna Whitaker, '41 

Carrington Lancaster Niece of Henrietta Crump, '17 

Elizabeth Tayloe Lancaster. Niece of ....Henrietta Crump, '17 

Mary Elizabeth Miessner. Sister of Jane Miessner, '39 . 

Barbara Nevens Daughter of Marjorie French Nevens, Academy 

Virginia Pollard Oliver Cousin of Ellen Pratt McGowin, '35 

Cousin of Lee McPherson, x-"35 

Cousin of Mary Thompson, '38 

Lucy Parton Cousin of Emily Brown, x-'35 

Sylvia Pethick Daughter of Faye Abraham Pethick, x-'17 

Sister of Maiy G. Pethick, x-'38 

Niece of Mary Abraham Hodgekins, Academy 

Emily Peyton Cousin of. Isabel Luke Witt, '19 

Margaret Pickard -Cousin of Martha Davenport Kennedy, x-"18 

Cousin of Margaret McReyno/ds St. Clair, x-'33 

Hortense Hayes Powell Niece of Nan Powell Hodges, '10 

Louise D. Smith Cousin of Rilma Wilson, '38 

Cousin of Came Marshall Young Gilchrist, '36 

Virginia Smith Sister of Martha Janney Smith, "40 

Margaret Tomlin Sister of Elizabeth Tomlin Jewell, x-'37 

Sister of Nida Tomlin, '40 

Jean Trant Cousin of Mary Lou Flournoy Brown, "31 

Edith Vongehr Sister of Irene Vongehr, "40 

Anna Whitaker Cousin of Margaret Dalton Kirk, x-'13 

Priscilla White Sister of Jean White, x-"40 

Mimi Worthington Sister of Julia Worthington, x-"39 

Cousin of Nancy Worthington, '31 

Cousin of Helen Worthington, x-"37 


Sweet Briar College 

March, 1938 

Class Personals 

Reunion, June 1938. 

Class Secretary, Frances Mukrell Rickards 
(Mrs. Everingham), North Shore Point, Norfolk, 
Dear "01(1 Girls": 

I wish all of you Sweet Briar girls who 
read this would write me about yourselves so 
that I might have a real news letter in the next 
issue of the Alumnae News. It is not difficult 
for me to keep up with the five 1910 graduates, 
for four of us are now in Norfolk and the fifth, 
Eugenia Griffin Burnett, lives in Richmond. Last 
fall by chance we had a 100 per cent class re- 
union at her house. And what a good time we 
had! Eugenia's daughter, Eugenia, will enter 
Sweet Briar next fall. Her son, Charlie, is a 
freshman at the University of Virginia. And 
guess whom he is taking to the mid-winter dance! 
You never could. Well I'll have to tell you. 
Pattie Hobson's daughter, I am sure you re- 
member that Pattie married David Eaglesfield. 
Margaret and Carina Eaglesfield take notice and 
let me have some news about yourselves. 

Class of 1910 is proud to announce that Louise 
Hooper Ewell has received her Master's degree 
from William and Mary College. And I am happy 
that she has accepted a position in Norfolk. I 
see quite often Marjorie Couper Prince, Annie 
Cumnock Miller, and Nan Powell Hodges. Mar- 
jorie gives me the news about her sister-in-law, 
Eloise Hirst, whose husband, Colonel William 
' Couper is Business Executive of V. M. I. Their 
son, William Jr., gra